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Accident
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Samstag 29 Februar 1964
Zeit:14:14
Flugzeugtyp:Bristol 175 Britannia 312
Fluggesellschaft:British Eagle International Airlines
Kennzeichen: G-AOVO
Werknummer: 13423
Baujahr: 1958
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 8 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 75 / Insassen: 75
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 83 / Insassen: 83
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Mt. Glungezer (   Österreich)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), Großbritannien
Flug nach:Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport (INN/LOWI), Österreich
Flugnummer: 802/6
Unfallbericht:
British Eagle Flight 802/6 departed London at 12:04 GMT with destination Innsbruck, Austria. At 13:35 the flight contacted Munich ATC and reported over the Kempten NDB nine minutes later, changing its IFR flight plan to VFR from Kempten to Innsbruck. Two minutes later the crew contacted Innsbruck and reported descending VMC directly to Seefeld. Over the Innsbruck VOR at FL110, the airplane was still unable to break the clouds. The last message from the flight was at 14:12 when it reported at FL100. The descent was continued until the airplane collided with the steep eastern flank of the Glungezer Mountain at an altitude of 2600 m (8500 ft). An avalanche occurred, carrying most of the aircraft debris downhill for about 400 m.

The Archivist for the Eagle Group of Companies in the UK is seeking to locate passenger relatives of this Britannia accident near Innsbruck. Are your a relative? Please contact britisheagleint@aol.com.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The primary cause was the erroneous decision of the pilot-in-command to descend, below the stipulated minimum safe altitude in the weather conditions prevailing at the time, as a result of which he was unable to conduct the flight in accordance with visual flight rules."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16, Circular 82-AN/69 (65-75)


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Distance from London Airport to Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport as the crow flies is 966 km (604 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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