Accident description
Last updated: 1 November 2014
Status:Final
Date:Wednesday 19 July 1972
Time:13:15 UTC
Type:BAC One-Eleven 501EX
Operator:British Caledonian Airways
Registration: G-AWYS
C/n / msn: 175
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:8997
Cycles:5626
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW
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
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.

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."

Classification:
Runway excursion

Sources:

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 6/1974
download report: British Caledonian BAC-1-11, G-AWYS. Report on the accident at Corfu Airport, Greece, on 19 July 1972 (AAIB AAR 6/1974)
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Distance from Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 2003 km (1252 miles).

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