Accident
Last updated: 30 July 2014
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Datum:Mittwoch 3 Juli 1968
Flugzeugtyp:Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
Fluggesellschaft:BKS Air Transport
Kennzeichen: G-AMAD
Werknummer: 5211
Baujahr: 1951
Triebwerk: 2 Bristol Centaurus 661
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 8
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) (   Großbritannien) show on map
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Frachtflug
Flug von:Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport (DOL/LFRG), Frankreich
Flug nach:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Großbritannien
Unfallbericht:
Airspeed Ambassador G-AMAD was flying a cargo of 8 horses from Deauville to London. When approaching the runway 28R threshold, the left wing suddenly dropped. The wingtip, followed by the left main gear wheels touched the grass to the left of the runway. The crew tried to increase power to go around, but the aircraft flew on with an increasing bank angle. The plane struck two parked BEA HS-121 Trident aircraft, burst into flames, rolled on its back and came to rest against the ground floor of the terminal building. Trident G-ARPT was damaged beyond repair.

PROBABLE CAUSE: Failure of the port flap operating rod due to fatigue, permitting the port flaps to retract. This resulted in a rolling moment to port which could not be controlled.

Informationsquelle:
» Aircraft Illustrated Vol.1, nr. 4 (Oct. 1968), p.127


Sicherheitsempfehlungen
Following the accident, all Ambassador planes were fitted with steel reinforcements on their flap rods.

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Distance from Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport to London-Heathrow Airport as the crow flies is 237 km (148 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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