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Accident description
Last updated: 29 May 2016
Date:Wednesday 9 August 1961
Time:16:30 UTC
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 3B
Operator:Cunard Eagle Airways
Registration: G-AHPM
C/n / msn: 152
First flight: 1947
Total airframe hrs:20885
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 39 / Occupants: 39
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:54 km (33.8 mls) NE of Stavanger (   Norway)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Stavanger-Sola Airport (SVG/ENZV), Norway
The Cunard Eagle Viking took off from London at 13:29 GMT for a charter flight to Stavanger. The Viking crashed on Holteheia (a steep hill) at 1600 feet while approaching the airport.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "For reasons unknown, the aircraft deviated from the prescribed flight path."

Cause undetermined
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



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Distance from London Airport to Stavanger-Sola Airport as the crow flies is 902 km (564 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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