Narrative:BAC One-Eleven G-AWYS was speeding down the runway when it ran through a pool of standing water. The captain thought the no. 1 engine had failed and rejected the takeoff close to decision speed. The airplane overran the runway onto rough ground and came to rest in a nearby lagoon in about 1 metre depth. An elderly lady died of a heart attack whilst being taken to hospital.
|Date:||Wednesday 19 July 1972|
|Type:||BAC One-Eleven 501EX|
|Operator:||British Caledonian Airways|
|C/n / msn:|| 175|
|First flight:|| 1969|
|Total airframe hrs:||8997|
|Engines:|| 2 Rolls Royce 512-14DW Spey|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 79|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 85 |
|Airplane damage:|| Substantial|
|Airplane fate:|| Repaired|
|Location:||Kerkyra Airport (CFU) (Greece)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Greece|
|Destination airport:||London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident sequence originated when the aircraft ran into a pool of standing water at a speed very close to V1 causing a temporary reduction of engine thrust from water ingestion and a momentary loss of aircraft acceleration. This situation, apparently, delayed the crew's identification of their problems and the initiation of action to abandon the takeoff was taken about 3 seconds too late for the aircraft to be stopped within the runway distance remaining."
Official accident investigation report
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
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Distance from Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 2003 km (1252 miles).