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Datum:Donnerstag 25 Oktober 1979
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 735 Viscount
Kennzeichen: G-BFYZ
Werknummer: 69
Baujahr: 1955
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:16275
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 47
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 51
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Kirkwall Airport (KOI) (   Großbritannien)
Flugphase: Landung (LDG)
Betriebsart:Inländischer außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Glasgow-Abbotsinch Airport (GLA/EGPF), Großbritannien
Flug nach:Kirkwall Airport (KOI/EGPA), Großbritannien
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.

Probable Cause:

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 ."

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