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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 15 July 1979
Time:ca 06:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic A748 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-748-259 Srs. 2A
Operator:Austin Airways
Registration: C-GPAA
C/n / msn: 1675
First flight: 1970
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Moosonee Airport, ON (YMO) (   Canada)
Crash site elevation: 9 m (30 feet) amsl
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Moosonee Airport, ON (YMO/CYMO), Canada
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The HS-748 was loaded with two rubber cargo bladders, filled with 1600 Imp gallons of aviation gasoline. The aircraft was parked overnight, until at 05:40 the 2 crewmembers arrived to perform the pre-departure checks. A smell of Avgas fumes was detectable, but not stronger than on similar trips. The engines were started, and when the no. 1 engine reached idle rpm, the crew proceeded with after-start checks. When both alternators and the left generator were turned on, a violent explosion occurred in the cabin. The nose gear collapsed and the rear airstair was blown off. Both pilots managed to escape before a fierce fire consumed the aircraft.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The reason for the accumulation and ignition of the vapours could no longer be definitely determined because of the complete destruction of the aircraft. However, the fact that the explosion occurred during the after-start check as electrical equipment was being turned on suggests equipment in the underfloor electrical bay as a probable source of ignition. Although such equipment is designed to be flameproof, the aircraft had an extensive repair history during which this protection may have been lost.

Classification:
Cargo fire/smoke

Sources:
» CASB Final Report


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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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