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Accident description
Last updated: 31 August 2015
Status:
Date:Saturday 28 September 1957
Type:de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AOFY
C/n / msn: 14099
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Islay-Glenegedale Airport (ILY) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ambulance
Departure airport:Glasgow International Airport (GLA/EGPF), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Islay-Glenegedale Airport (ILY/EGPI), United Kingdom
Narrative:
An air ambulance aircraft was ordered to fly to Port Ellen to pick up a patient in urgent need of attention. DH-114 Heron G-AOFY carried out a VDF let-down at night in low cloud and poor visibility conditions. While turning to finals the left wing struck the ground causing the aircraft to crash.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot did not appreciate that the aircraft had rapidly lost height whilst he was making a visual half circuit to land. This could not have been due to the absence of sufficient visual reference in the prevailing conditions of darkness, very low cloud and drizzle. The urgent nature of the flight is considered to have influenced the pilot's decision to land."

Sources:
» El Siglo de Torreˇn 28 September 1957, p4


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Distance from Glasgow International Airport to Islay-Glenegedale Airport as the crow flies is 115 km (72 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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