Narrative:An Airspeed Ambassador, registered G-AMAD, was flying a cargo of 8 horses from Deauville to London. When approaching the runway 28R threshold at London Airport, 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.
|Date:||Wednesday 3 July 1968|
Hawker Siddeley HS-121 Trident 1C
|Operator:||British European Airways - BEA|
|C/n / msn:|| 2121|
|First flight:|| 1965|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||London-Heathrow Airport (LHR) ( United Kingdom)
|Phase:|| Standing (STD)|
Trident G-ARPT (msn 2121) was damaged beyond repair; G-APRI had its fin and tailplane destroyed but was repaired.
» Aircraft Illustrated Vol.1, nr. 4 (Oct. 1968), p.127
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.