ASN Aircraft accident Bristol 175 Britannia 314 CF-CZB Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Sunday 22 July 1962
Type:Silhouette image of generic brtn model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Bristol 175 Britannia 314
Operator:Canadian Pacific Air Lines - CPAL
Registration: CF-CZB
MSN: 13394
First flight: 1958
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 20 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Honolulu International Airport, HI (HNL/PHNL), United States of America
Destination airport:Nadi International Airport (NAN/NFFN), Fiji
Flightnumber: 323
The aircraft had arrived in Honolulu at 0507 hours Hawaiian standard time on 21 July as CPA Flight 323 from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. It was departing, the evening of 22 July, as Empress Flight 301 on a scheduled international flight for Nandi (Fiji Islands), Auckland (New Zealand) and Sydney (Australia). The night takeoff was commenced at 22:38 hours local time and approximately two minutes after becoming airborne and during the climbout a fire warning indication for No 1 engine was received in the cockpit. The No. 1 propeller was feathered and the tower controller was advised that the aircraft was returning to Honolulu. As an over-gross landing weight condition existed, fuel jettisoning in the amount of 35000 lb was carried out The jettisoning operation was completed at 23:06 hours following which the flight was vectored west of the outer marker to Intercept the ILS final approach course for runway 08. The three-engine landing approach appeared normal until the aircraft had proceeded beyond the runway threshold and had commenced its landing flare at an altitude of approximately 20 feet above the runway centreline. A go-around was attempted from this position, and the aircraft banked and veered sharply to the left. Initial ground contact was made by
the left wing tip approximately 550 feet to the left of the runway centreline and approximately 700 feet beyond the threshold of the runway. The aircraft progressively disintegrated as it moved across the ground, then struck heavy earth-moving equipment parked approximately 970 feet from the runway centreline.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The attempted three-engine go-around, when the aircraft was in a full landing configuration, at insufficient airspeed and altitude to maintain control."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: final report
Download report: Final report

Loss of control

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (104-108)


photo of Bristol-175-Britannia-314-CF-CZB
accident date: 22-07-1962
type: Bristol 175 Britannia 314
registration: CF-CZB
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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