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Accident
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Montag 8 April 1963
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 806 Viscount
Fluggesellschaft:British European Airways - BEA
Kennzeichen: G-AOYS
Werknummer: 267
Baujahr: 1958-05-24 (4 years 11 months)
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 520
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 40
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 44
Sachschaden: schwer beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:nahe Palermo (   Italien)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Flug nach:Roma (unknown airport), Italien
Unfallbericht:
En route between Malta and Rome, when cruising at 20,000 ft. with all engine indications normal, the fire warning bell and light for No. 1 engine operated. The appropriate fire drill was carried out and attempts were made to feather the propeller, using both normal and emergency drills. The propeller continued to turn however, and a fierce fire in the engine could be seen through the top cowling. It was then decided to divert to Palermo which was some 70 miles to the South. Preparations were made in case ditching became necessary but, the fire extinguisher was operated, and speed reduced. Subsequently, at about 6,000 ft., the fire appeared to die out and the propeller feathered itself. The aircraft landed safely at Palermo. It was later established that the engine fire had followed failure of the rear bearing of the second stage compressor, and also that the propeller had not feathered when the appropriate action was taken because the feathering controls had suffered damage.

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


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