Unfallbericht:The Carvair was making a visual approach to Rotterdam in conditions of snow (visibility 1460m). During the final approach the landing gear struck a 6 feet high dyke, 800 feet short of the runway threshold. The plane bounced and struck the ground heavily 200 feet further on. The right wing became partially detached from the fuselage and the aircraft rolled rapidly to the right. The Carvair came to rest after sliding inverted for some 700 feet.
|Datum:||Freitag 28 Dezember 1962|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Channel Air Bridge|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 4|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 14|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 1 / Insassen: 18 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Rotterdam Airport (RTM) ( Niederlande)
|Flugphase:|| Annäherung (APR)|
|Flug von:||Southend Municipal Airport (SEN/EGMC), Großbritannien|
|Flug nach:||Rotterdam Airport (RTM/EHRD), Niederlande|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to the fact that the commander carried out the final stage of approach below the normal glide path with insufficient engine power, as a result of which the speed of descent was too high in relation to the horizontal distance still to be covered to the beginning of the runway. Consequently, the aircraft, at a high vertical speed, hit a dyke, after facing the direction of approach. The Board is of the opinion that even if there had been no dyke, and it was not an obstruction of any significant height, the aircraft would still have hit the ground a considerable distance short of the runway threshold, although possibly with less fatal consequences than in the present instance."
» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume I, Circular 71-AN/63 (104-107)
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Southend Municipal Airport to Rotterdam Airport as the crow flies is 259 km (162 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.