Accident description
Last updated: 23 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 1 May 1957
Time:21:20 UTC
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:Eagle Aviation Ltd.
Registration: G-AJBO
C/n / msn: 241
First flight: 1947
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Star Hill (   United Kingdom) show on map
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
Narrative:
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: "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."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Ground

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


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Distance from Blackbushe Airport to Tripoli-Idris Airport as the crow flies is 2349 km (1468 miles).

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