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Accident
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 9 septembre 1963
Heure:13:49 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 806 Viscount
Compagnie:British European Airways - BEA
Immatriculation: G-AOJC
Numéro de série: 152
Année de Fabrication: 1956
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 30
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 34
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Suisse)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), Royaume Uni
Aéroport de destination:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Suisse
Numéro de vol:BE556
Détails:
During the flight two screws were noticed to be missing from the flap beam fairing between the inner and middle flaps on the port wing. As a precaution it was decided to make a flapless landing at Geneva. The touchdown was smooth, on the mainwheels, but the nosewheels and axle broke off because of a material fracture when the nosewheels touched the runway. The aircraft continued straight down the runway, with the stub of the leg in contact with the ground. When the speed had dropped to about 30 knots, the aircraft swung to port on to a taxiway and stopped just clear of the runway. A small fire in the nosewheel bay was quickly put out by the airport fire service.

Probable Cause:

Conclusions: "The Commission arrived unanimously at the following conclusion : The accident was due to the facture of a part of the nose undercarriage structure during a landing made without flaps, probably subject to the accompanying influence of local weakening of the fractured part."

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA
» ICAO Digest 15-I (Circular 78)


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Plan
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 London Airport et Genève-Cointrin Airport est de 749 km (468 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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