Narrative:The C-54 struck trees some 2700 m short of the runway while on a night-time ILS approach.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident is probably attributable to the fact that the crew did not set the altimeters in the final approach according to the instructions in the operations manual. This error was aggravated by the fact that the final approach check list did not coincide with the altimeter setting procedure. In consequence the crew unintentionally flew below critical height and the aircraft collided with trees when the altimeters were showing approx. 200ft above the critical height."
» Flight International 21.11.1968 (P.817/8)
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 107-AN/81 (222-229)
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Distance from Manchester International Airport to Frankfurt International Airport as the crow flies is 825 km (516 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.