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.
|Date:||Wednesday 1 May 1957|
|Type:||Vickers 610 Viking 1B|
|Operator:||Eagle Aviation Ltd.|
|C/n / msn:|| 241|
|First flight:|| 1947|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 30|
|Total:||Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (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|
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."
» ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (100-105)
Memorial plaque erected October 2011
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).