Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 11 September 1963
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:Airnautic
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) show on map
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
Narrative:
The Viking crashed into the north face of the Pic de la Roquette in the Pyrenees.

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).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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