Narrative:An Aérospatiale SN.601 Corvette corporate jet, registration OY-SBS, operated by Sterling Airways from Denmark, was destroyed when it crashed into the sea near Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE), France. The eight passengers and both crew members were killed.
|Date:||03 SEP 1979|
|Type:||Aérospatiale SN.601 Corvette|
|C/n / msn:|| 21|
|First flight:|| 1975|
|Total airframe hrs:||5161|
|Engines:|| 2 Pratt & Whitney JT15D-4|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8|
|Total:||Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10 |
|Airplane damage:|| Destroyed|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||1 km (0.6 mls) SW off Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE) (France)
|Phase:|| Approach (APR)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Coventry-Baginton Airport (CVT/EGBE), United Kingdom|
|Destination airport:||Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), France|
Flight NB4133 departed Copenhagen on the day of the accident on a flight to Stockholm. Three passengers embarked and the flight continued to Coventry-Baginton Airport (CVT), UK. The airplane was refueled and another six passengers embarked. The flight departed at 14:30 and continued to Nice at an altitude of FL290. The descent for Nice was uneventful until 18:02 local time at FL200 when the airplane suffered a double engine fire. The crew reported an emergency and were cleared direct to Nice for an emergency landing. Nice Approach vectored the crew for an emergency landing at Nice runway 05. The airplane was on finals when it crashed into the sea about 1 km from the runway.
CAUSES DE L'ACCIDENT: "L'accident resulte de l'impact de l'avion en mer à la suite d'une perte de contrôle en dernier virage, les deux moteurs etant êteinis.
L'extinction definitive du moteur gauche provient d'une rupture mécanique du pignon d'entrainement des accessoires.
Le moteur droit n'a pas pu être renfloué, et les causes de son extinction définitive restent indéterminées."
F-BVPE ended up as OY-SBS
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 Coventry-Baginton Airport to Nice-Côte d'Azur Airport as the crow flies is 1154 km (721 miles).