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Accident description
Last updated: 21 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 19 January 1973
Time:14:31 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 802 Viscount
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AOHI
C/n / msn: 158
First flight: 1957
Total airframe hrs:32677
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:56 km (35 mls) N of Glasgow (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 1219 m (3999 feet) amsl
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Glasgow-Abbotsinch Airport (GLA/EGPF), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Glasgow-Abbotsinch Airport (GLA/EGPF), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Viscount G-AOHI departed Glasgow at 14:22 GMT on a test flight which was to last about 15 minutes. The crew intended to carry out the flight in visual conditions. Weather conditions however, were marginal: rain and snow with 6 km visibility, 8/8 clouds at 4000 feet and strong winds (50-60 knots) at 2000 feet.
The plane had climbed to an altitude of 4000 feet when it crashed near the peak of Ben More mountain, 35 miles north of Glasgow.

Probable Cause:

CAUSE: "The aircraft struck a mountain peak whilst flying over snow covered high terrain in marginal visual meteorological conditions. Failure to maintain a safe altitude and insufficient attention to navigational procedures were contributory factors."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: AIB
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: AAR 4/1974
Download report: Final report

Classification:
VFR flight in IMC
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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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