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Last updated: 9 October 2015
Date:Thursday 14 March 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 701 Viscount
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-ALWE
C/n / msn: 4
First flight: 1952
Total airframe hrs:6902
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 20
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Wythenshawe (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport (AMS/EHAM), Netherlands
Destination airport:Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom
Flightnumber: 411
Viscount G-ALWE (the first Viscount 701 type to be manufactured) approached Manchester-Ringway Airport following a flight from Amsterdam. After a GCA (Ground Control Approach) approach, the aircraft broke through the lowest clouds and the crew continued the approach visually. The approach was uneventful until it was about 1 mile short of the runway. The aircraft was seen to enter a shallow right descending turn with a steepening bank angle. The right wingtip touched the ground and the aircraft crashed into houses 85 yards further on. It appeared that the aileron became locked when the no. 2 flap unit of the starboard wing moved away from the trailing edge member following failure of a lug and bolt of the flap fitting.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The fracture, due to fatigue, of he 9/16 inch bolt holding the bottom of the No2 starboard flap unit."


Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (76-87)

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Distance from Amsterdam-Schiphol International Airport to Manchester-Ringway Airport as the crow flies is 483 km (302 miles).

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