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Accident description
Last updated: 22 November 2017
Date:Wednesday 11 September 1963
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Registration: F-BJER
C/n / msn: 216
First flight: 1947
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pic de la Roquette (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
The Viking crashed into the north face of the Pic de la Roquette in the Pyrenees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of this accident was a navigational error."


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Distance from London-Gatwick Airport to Perpignan Airport as the crow flies is 956 km (598 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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