ASN Aircraft accident Vickers 610 Viking 1B G-AJBO Star Hill
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 1 May 1957
Time:21:20 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic vikg model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:Eagle Aviation Ltd.
Registration: G-AJBO
MSN: 241
First flight: 1947-09-09 (9 years 8 months)
Total airframe hrs:488
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Star Hill (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya
Viking G-AJBO was on a trooping flight to Idris, Libya when it took off from Blackbushe (BBS) at 21:14 UTC. Two minutes after takeoff the crew reported .. "a port engine failure I am making a left-hand circuit to come in again". When the aircraft was turning to finals, at 1200yds from the threshold, the left wingtip struck the ground and the aircraft crashed inverted in a wood and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to maintain height and a safe flying speed when approaching to land on one engine after the failure (or suspected failure) of the port engine for reasons unknown."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (100-105)


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Blackbushe Airport to Tripoli-Idris Airport as the crow flies is 2349 km (1468 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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