Narrative:Weather at Jersey was deteriorating and the runway Visual Range was below minima. The crew decided to continue to Jersey and attempt a runway 27 approach. The first approach had to abandoned and a second approach was made during which the aircraft struck outermost pole of the approach lighting system at 58 feet height, 3000 feet short of the threshold. The DC-3 crashed into a field and caught fire.
|Date:||Wednesday 14 April 1965|
|Operator:||British United Airways - BUA|
|C/n / msn:|| 15762/27207|
|First flight:|| 1945|
|Total airframe hrs:||18544|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 23 / Occupants: 23|
|Total:||Fatalities: 26 / Occupants: 27 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1 km (0.6 mls) E of Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands (JER) (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||International Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France|
|Destination airport:||Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands (JER/EGJJ), United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft struck the approach lighting when it was flown below the safe approach path during an approach to land in conditions of very low cloud and poor visibility, the pilot having disregarded the approach ban applied by his operations manual."
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 (77-86)
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Distance from Paris-Orly Airport to Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands as the crow flies is 334 km (209 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.