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Last updated: 18 February 2019
Date:Friday 28 January 1972
Type:Silhouette image of generic VC10 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers VC10-1100
Operator:British Caledonian Airways
Registration: G-ARTA
C/n / msn: 803
First flight: 1962-06-29 (9 years 7 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Conway 540
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Shortly after selecting spoilers and reverse thrust (after touching down on runway 08) the aircraft became airborne again, landed back heavily and bounced two more times. The fuselage was creased fore and aft of the wings, one nose wheel tire had burst and one wheel had separated.
The VC10, named "Loch Ness" had a landing weight of 87037 kg and a CG very close to the aft limit at 36,83%.
Winds at the time of landing were gusting to 28 kts.


photo of Vickers VC10-1100 G-ARTA
G-ARTA being broken up following the mishap
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from London-Heathrow Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 41 km (26 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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