Accident description
Last updated: 21 December 2014
Status:
Date:Friday 17 December 1965
Time:22:40 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47B-25-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Skyways Coach Air
Registration: G-AMWX
C/n / msn: 32594/15846
First flight: 1945
Total airframe hrs:12815
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-90C
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mers-les-Bains (   France)
Phase: En route / landing (ENR/LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA/LFOB), France
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Flightnumber: 316
Narrative:
Emergency landed on the beach.

Probable cause:
(a) The design of the aircraft's electrical installation in which no provision was made to, prevent the total interruption of radio communication and radio navigation in the event of a failure at the level of the single main supply fuse.
(b) The failure of the main supply fuse probably of insufficient rating and the fact that the crew was not able to rectify the failure.
(c) The inadequate attention paid by the crew to its dead reckoning navigation, both before and after the radio failure.

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume III (145-152)


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Distance from Beauvais-Tillé Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 248 km (155 miles).

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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