Narrative:The Viscount touched down on runway 06 at a too high speed. Braking seemed ineffective and because the pilot erroneously thought the aircraft was aquaplaning, parking brake was used as an emergency measure. The aircraft ran off the runway and collided with an earth wall.
|Date:||Saturday 4 May 1968|
|Type:||Vickers 812 Viscount|
|C/n / msn:|| 364|
|First flight:|| 1958|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 79|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 83 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Southend Municipal Airport (SEN) (United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Destination airport:||Southend Municipal Airport (SEN/EGMC), United Kingdom|
CAUSE: "The accident was caused through landing at a too high speed for the landing distance available. A contributory factor was reduced braking effectiveness due to the main wheel being mechanically locked by the application of the hand-brake."
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.