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Accident description
Last updated: 27 May 2016
Date:Thursday 25 October 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 735 Viscount
Registration: G-BFYZ
C/n / msn: 69
First flight: 1955
Total airframe hrs:25641
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 47
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 51
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kirkwall Airport (KOI) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Glasgow-Abbotsinch Airport (GLA/EGPF), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Kirkwall Airport (KOI/EGPA), United Kingdom
The Viscount had carried out a runway 25 VOR approach in poor weather with gusting cross-wind when the pilot wanted to correct the misalignment with the runway at a low height. The no. 4 propeller struck the runway on touchdown and the aircraft ran off the right side of the runway. The nosegear collapsed when encountering the edge of an intersecting runway.

CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the commander failing to take overshoot action at an early stage in the approach to land when it became apparent that the approach was unstabilised and the windscreen wiper was unreliable ."


Runway excursion


Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) - United Kingdom
report status: Final
report number: AAIB AAR 4/1981
download report: Report on the accident to Vickers Viscount 735, G-BFYZ at Kirkwall Airport, Orkney Islands, 25 October 1979 (AAIB AAR 4/1981)


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Distance from Glasgow-Abbotsinch Airport to Kirkwall Airport as the crow flies is 352 km (220 miles).

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