Accident description
Last updated: 1 September 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 3 June 1967
Time:21:06 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-1-DC (DC-4)
Operator:Air Ferry
Registration: G-APYK
C/n / msn: 10279
First flight: 1944
Total airframe hrs:42663
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 83 / Occupants: 83
Total:Fatalities: 88 / Occupants: 88
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Mont Canigou (   France) show on map
Crash site elevation: 1219 m (3999 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Manston-Kent International Airport (MSE/EGMH), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
Narrative:
The DC-4 had been cleared to descend from FL70 when it struck a mountain at an altitude of 4000 feet.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Commission is of the opinion that the accident occurred following a collision with the mountainside, which resulted directly from a series of errors on the part of the crew (failure to use all the means of radio navigation available in the aircraft, error in dead reckoning, descent starting from a point which had been inadequately identified, failure to observe the safe altitudes fixed on the company's flight plan and, perhaps, mistakes in identification by visual reference to the ground.) This irrational conduct of the flight can be explained by the phenomena due to intoxication by carbon monoxide coming from a defective heating system.
Finally, it should be stressed that the misunderstandings which occurred between the aircraft and the Perpignan controller, as a result of language difficulties and in particular the non-existence of any standard phraseology, and also the failure to check the aircraft's magnetic bearing by means of the D/F equipment during the communication at 20.55hrs, may have constituted additional aggravating circumstances."

Classification:
Flightcrew incapacitation
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» Flight International 12.12.1969 (p.969)
» ICAO Circular 107-AN/81 (55-69)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Bureau d'Enquêtes et d'Analyses (BEA) - France
report status: Final
report number: Report g-yk670603
report released:06-DEC-1968
duration of investigation:552 days (1 year 6.2 months)
download report: Rapport final de la commission d'enquete sur l'accident survenu le 3 juin 1967 près due Canigou (Pyrénées-Orientales) au G-APYK (BEA Report g-yk670603)
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Manston-Kent International Airport to Perpignan Airport as the crow flies is 956 km (598 miles).

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