Accident description
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 1 November 1961
Time:14:26 UTC
Type:Bristol 170 Superfreighter 32
Operator:Silver City Airways
Registration: G-ANWL
C/n / msn: 13260
First flight: 1956
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 734
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Les Prevosts, Guernsey (   United Kingdom) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport (CER/LFRC), France
Destination airport:Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands (GCI/EGJB), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The aircraft approached Guernsey in conditions of low clouds. The first approach was missed, so the captain increased power to go around. The Bristol failed to gain height and veered to the right. The aircraft struck the ground with right wing and cartwheeled.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the malfunctioning of the automatic pitch coarsening unit of the starboard propeller. This deprived the captain of the necessary degree of control of the aircraft at a critical stage of the flight."

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Distance from Cherbourg-Maupertus Airport to Guernsey Airport, Channel Islands as the crow flies is 84 km (53 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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