Accident
Last updated: 25 April 2014
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Datum:woensdag 3 juli 1968
Type:Airspeed AS.57 Ambassador 2
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:BKS Air Transport
Registratie: G-AMAD
Constructienummer: 5211
Bouwjaar: 1951
Motoren: 2 Bristol Centaurus 661
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 8
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) (   Verenigd Koninkrijk) show on map
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Vracht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport (DOL/LFRG), Frankrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Beschrijving:
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.

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


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

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Deauville-Saint Gatien Airport en London-Heathrow Airport bedraagt 237 km (148 miles).

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.
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