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Last updated: 22 March 2019
Date:Sunday 9 October 1960
Time:12:47 UTC
Type:Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV
Operator:Falcon Airways
Registration: G-ALDC
C/n / msn: HP.81/4
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs:17183
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 71
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 76
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Southend Municipal Airport (SEN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
Destination airport:Southend Municipal Airport (SEN/EGMC), United Kingdom
The Hermes plane returned from a charter flight to Spain when it landed at Southend and overran the runway. The plane struck an earth bank adjacent to the airport boundary. Contact with this bank broke the nose wheel strut from its upper attachment. The plane came to rest on an adjoining railway track.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the aircraft aquaplaning during part of the landing run. The low frictional values during this condition prevented the captain from obtaining effective braking."

Runway excursion

» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1960 / CAA
» Air Pictorial Oct. 1965, p.371


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Distance from Barcelona-El Prat Airport to Southend Municipal Airport as the crow flies is 1139 km (712 miles).

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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