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Last updated: 4 October 2015
Date:Saturday 18 February 1956
Time:12:23 UTC
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Scottish Airlines
Registration: G-ANSY
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1945
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 45
Total:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3,5 km (2.2 mls) S of Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS), United Kingdom
Avro York G-ANSY took off from Malta-Luqa Airport at 12:21 for a flight to London Stansted. Shortly after becoming airborne the boost enrichment capsule in the carburetor of the no. 1 engine failed, causing a fire in the engine. It is presumed that the engine stopped producing power after 30 seconds of flight. The propeller was not feathered as the aircraft slowly climbed to 700-800 feet amsl (300-400 feet agl) with a 'crabbing' or 'yawing' motion to the left. Shortly after retracting the flaps, while still in a nose up attitude at very low flying speed, the aircraft stalled and dove to the ground near the town of Zurrieq.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of no. 1 engine. However, failure alone did not cause the accident which was caused by loss of speed and consequent loss of control through an error of judgement of the pilot."

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (41-49)


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Distance from Malta-Luqa Airport to London-Stansted Airport as the crow flies is 2094 km (1309 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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