Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 15 July 1956
Time:01:35
Type:Convair CV-440-11
Operator:Swissair
Registration: HB-IMD
C/n / msn: 335
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Shannon Airport (SNN) (   Ireland) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
Narrative:
The Convair was on delivery from San Diego to Zürich via New York, Gander and Shannon. The crew broke off their GCA runway 23 approach after establishing visual reference, and turned for a runway 05 approach. The Convair banked sharply, dropped and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Error of judgement by pilot: an abnormally steep turn onto final approach.

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (116)
» WCAA 2nd ed. / C.Y. Kimura


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Distance from Gander Airport, NF to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 3156 km (1973 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s 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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