Loss of control Accident Avro 685 York C.1 G-ANSY,
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Date:Saturday 18 February 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic a685 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro 685 York C.1
Owner/operator:Scottish Airlines
Registration: G-ANSY
Year of manufacture:1945
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Merlin
Fatalities:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:3,5 km S of Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) -   Malta
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML)
Destination airport:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Avro York G-ANSY took off from Malta-Luqa Airport at 12:21 for a flight to London Stansted. Shortly after becoming airborne the boost enrichment capsule in the carburetor of the no. 1 engine failed, causing a fire in the engine. It is presumed that the engine stopped producing power after 30 seconds of flight. The propeller was not feathered as the aircraft slowly climbed to 700-800 feet amsl (300-400 feet agl) with a 'crabbing' or 'yawing' motion to the left. Shortly after retracting the flaps, while still in a nose up attitude at very low flying speed, the aircraft stalled and dove to the ground near the town of Zurrieq.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of no. 1 engine. However, failure alone did not cause the accident which was caused by loss of speed and consequent loss of control through an error of judgement of the pilot."


ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (41-49)


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