Accident
Last updated: 18 December 2014
Statuts:
Date:mercredi 3 juillet 1968
Type/Sous-type:Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
Compagnie:BKS Air Transport
Immatriculation: G-AMAD
Numéro de série: 5211
Année de Fabrication: 1951
Moteurs: 2 Bristol Centaurus 661
Equipage:victimes: 6 / à bord: 8
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 6 / à bord: 8
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) (   Royaume Uni) show on map
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport (DOL/LFRG), France
Aéroport de destination:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Royaume Uni
Détails:
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.

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


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

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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposé destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport et London-Heathrow Airport est de 237 km (148 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tels qui sont connus à ce jour.
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