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Last updated: 28 August 2015
Date:samedi 3 juin 1967
Heure:21:06 UTC
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-54A-1-DC (DC-4)
Compagnie:Air Ferry
Immatriculation: G-APYK
Numéro de série: 10279
Année de Fabrication: 1944
Heures de vol:42663
Equipage:victimes: 5 / à bord: 5
Passagers:victimes: 83 / à bord: 83
Total:victimes: 88 / à bord: 88
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Mont Canigou (   France)
Élévation des lieux de l'accident: 1219 m (3999 feet) amsl
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Charter International
Aéroport de départ:Manston-Kent International Airport (MSE/EGMH), Royaume Uni
Aéroport de destination:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
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."

» 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:6 December 1968
duration of investigation: 1 year and 6 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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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Manston-Kent International Airport et Perpignan Airport est de 956 km (598 miles).

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