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Accident
Last updated: 24 October 2017
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Datum:woensdag 24 december 1958
Tijd:11:58
Type:Bristol 175 Britannia 312
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registratie: G-AOVD
Constructienummer: 13235
Bouwjaar: 1957
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 7 / inzittenden: 7
Totaal:slachtoffers: 9 / inzittenden: 12
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Sopley Park (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Test
Vliegveld van vertrek:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Beschrijving:
The Bristol Britannia took off from London at 10:10 for a test flight regarding the renewal of its Certificate of Airworthiness. After performing the necessary test, the crew requested a descent from 12000 feet to 3000 feet. Some 3 minutes after starting the descent, the aircraft struck the ground which was obscured by fog.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was the result of the aircraft being flown into ground obscured by fog. This was caused by a failure on the part of both the captain and the first officer to establish the altitude of the aircraft before and during the final descent. The responsability for the accident must rest with the captain. The height presentation afforded by the type of three-pointer altimeter fitted to the subject aircraft was such that a higher degree of attention was required to interpret it accurately than is desirable in so vital an instrument. This, when taken into conjunction with the nature of the flight on which the aircraft was engaged was a contributory factor."

Bronnen:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 62-AN/57 (44-47)


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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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