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Accident
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 8 février 1963
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 708 Viscount
Compagnie:British United Airways - BUA
Immatriculation: G-ARBY
Numéro de série: 10
Année de Fabrication: 1953-05-27 (9 years 9 months)
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 505
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 2
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   Royaume Uni)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Aéroport de destination:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Royaume Uni
Détails:
Following a non-scheduled freight flight from Paris-Le Bourget Airport, France in the early hours of the morning, the aircraft made a PAR-monitored ILS approach to runway 09 at London-Gatwick Airport. Weather conditions at the time were reported as 8/8 cloud at 200 ft. and RVR 1,100 yds. The approach was discontinued when the aircraft reached critical height (200 ft.), because the pilot was still unable to see the ground. After carrying out an overshoot, the captain decided to hold at Mayfield NDB to await an improvement at Gatwick. After two circuits of the holding pattern had been completed the captain received an 'Actual' from Gatwick giving 8/8 cloud at 300 ft. and RVR 1,100 yds. A second PAR-monitored ILS approach to runway 09 was then made. At 3/4 mile from touchdown PAR advised that the aircraft was 200 ft., left of the centre line and 100 ft. above the glidepath. At about this time, however, the captain sighted the threshold lights and began an 'S' turn to the right to line up with the runway. Shortly afterwards the air craft touched down just outside the left hand edge of the runway, at a point about 800 yds. past the threshold. The ground was covered with snow including two patches about two feet in depth, and in passing through these the nosewheel collapsed. The aircraft came to rest on its nose about 400 yds. from the touchdown point and 20 yds. outside the left hand edge of the runway.

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Paris-Le Bourget Airport et London-Gatwick Airport est de 304 km (190 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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