Accident
Last updated: 2 October 2014
Status:
Datum:dinsdag 1 maart 1960
Type:Handley Page Hastings C.1
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registratie: TG579
Constructienummer: HP67/70
Bouwjaar: 1949
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 14
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 20
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) van Gan RAF Station (GAN) (   Maldiven)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Katunayake RAF Station (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Vliegveld van aankomst:Gan RAF Station (GAN/VRMG), Maldiven
Beschrijving:
The Hastings departed RAF Katunayake at 17:34 for a flight over the Indian Ocean to RAF Gan in the Maldives. Weather near Gan was poor with heavy rain and thunderstorm. The first approach was abandoned and the pilot decided to hold for 20 minutes, hoping the storm would pass. During the second approach a lightning flash blinded the pilots, during which the aircraft descended to a height just above the sea. The aircraft then hit the sea and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A) Having descended below his calculated break off level of 420 ft. and losing visual contact with runway due to lightning flashes and rain, he failed to take immediate overshoot action.
B) In the meteorological conditions prevailing, he failed to make a standard bad weather circuit on established instrument approach. Instead he made a very long low approach to land in marginal weather conditions, and failed to have navigator co-relate Eureka range with L.(?) readings. Causal conditions were (1) Pilot fatigue and (2) Impairment of vision by rain."

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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Katunayake RAF Station en Gan RAF Station bedraagt 1143 km (715 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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