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Last updated: 22 October 2017
Date:mardi 2 septembre 1958
Type/Sous-type:Vickers 621 Viking 1
Compagnie:Independent Air Travel
Immatriculation: G-AIJE
Numéro de série: 127
Année de Fabrication: 1946
Equipage:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 3
Victimes au sol:victimes: 4
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:5 km (3.1 milles) NE of London Airport (LHR) (   Royaume Uni)
Phase de vol: En montée initiale (ICL)
Aéroport de départ:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), Royaume Uni
Aéroport de destination:Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), France
The Viking aircraft departed London at 05:54 GMT for a flight to Nice, Brindisi, Athens and Tel Aviv. Some 15 minutes later, engine trouble forced the crew to return to London. Though clearance had been given to descend to 3000 feet, the crew was not able to maintain this altitude and kept descending until it crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft was allowed to lose height and flying speed with the result that the pilot was no longer able to exercise asymmetric control. The conduct of the pilot and the whole course of events outlined were contributed to by the deliberate policy of this Company, which was to keep its aircraft in the air and gainfully employed regardless of the regulations or of the elementary requirements which should enjoin consideration for the conditions of working of its employees or the maintenance of its aircraft. Any responsibility of the captain is to be viewed in the light of his position as an employee upon whose shoulders an intolerable burden was placed."

» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (202-210)


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre London Airport et Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport est de 1034 km (646 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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