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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
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Date:Tuesday 14 January 1969
Time:20:32
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 201AC
Operator:British United Airways - BUA
Registration: G-ASJJ
C/n / msn: 014
First flight: 1965
Total airframe hrs:8310
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 33
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Milano-Linate (   Italy)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Milano-Linate Airport (LIN/LIML), Italy
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Narrative:
G-ASJJ started the takeoff run from runway 18 and accelerated normally until a bang was heard immediately after takeoff. A captain on the jumpseat (who was supervising the route experience of the co-pilot during the flight), commented that he thought it was the no. 1 engine and advised to close the throttle a little later. The pilot-in-command then closed the throttle and lowered the nose from 12deg to 6deg pitch. The engine was shut down and the airspeed decreased from 140 knots to 115 knots. A forced landing was eventually carried out.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident must be attributed to a combination of factors following a compressor bang/surge in no. 2 engine immediately after takeoff and the aircraft crashed because the crew, after fully closing no. 1 throttle in error, failed to recognise their mistake and, in addition, were not aware that the thrust of no. 2 engine had also been partially reduced after an inadvertent displacement of the relevant throttle lever."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 118-AN/88 (5-24)
» 'Milan crash analyzed', Flight International 19.11.1970 (774-775)


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Distance from Milano-Linate Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 937 km (585 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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