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Accident
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Datum:vrijdag 9 augustus 1968
Tijd:13:04
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 739A Viscount
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:British Eagle International Airlines
Registratie: G-ATFN
Constructienummer: 394
Bouwjaar: 1958
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 4 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 44 / inzittenden: 44
Totaal:slachtoffers: 48 / inzittenden: 48
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Langenbruck (   Duitsland)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport (INN/LOWI), Oostenrijk
Vluchtnummer: 802
Beschrijving:
The Vickers Viscount aircraft was operating a scheduled passenger flight from London, U.K. to Innsbruck, Austria. The flight proceeded at FL210 towards the destination. Over the Allersberg VOR, the aircraft was positively identified by radar control. At 13:02 hours, while over the 'Mike' NDB, the radar return from G-ATFN was seen to coincide with that of another aircraft some 13,000 ft below. At this time the Munich Controller called G-ATFN , advised the aircraft of its position and cleared it down to FL120. There was no reply to this or any subsequent call by Munich. Only one radar return was observed to leave 'Mike' and this merged into Munich radar's permanent echoes at about 13:04 hours. Subsequently it was established that G-ATFN had crashed on the autobahn approximately four nautical miles north of 'Mike'. The aircraft had hit the ground in a slightly nose-down attitude with the wings almost level and had broken up on impact.
A fierce local fire had broken out in the remains of the centre section. Almost due west of the accident site, the outer section of both wings, which had become symmetrically and simulteneously detached, were found.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident is attributable to the fact that the aircraft's electrical power supply failed in cruising flight - possibly without the generator warning lights illuminating or illuminating distinctly - which meant that during the subsequent descent, which had to be carried out by instruments because of the weather, the vital instruments for indicating the flight attitude showed increasingly incorrect readings and failed completely after the gyros had stopped rotating.
Under these conditions it was unavoidable for the aircraft to get into uncontrolled flight attitudes, in which it was subjected to severe loading. These loads exceeded the ultimate load and led to structural failure.
Following the fracture of the wings and elevator and when the crew came into visual contact with the ground, it was no longer possible to exert any decisive control over the flight path.
It has not been possible to determine with certainty the cause of failure of the electrical system. It may be assumed, however, that a fault occurred in the DC generator control circuit. Faults had occurred repeatedly in the electrical supply system without their true cause being discovered."



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Kaart
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 London-Heathrow Airport en Innsbruck-Kranebitten Airport bedraagt 966 km (604 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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Vickers Viscount

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  • 72e ongeval
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