Accident Avro 689 Tudor 5 G-AKBY,
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Date:Sunday 12 March 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic tudr model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro 689 Tudor 5
Registration: G-AKBY
MSN: 1417
Year of manufacture:1947
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Merlin 621
Fatalities:Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 83
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Llandow -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Destination airport:Llandow RAF Station
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Avro Tudor G-AKBY was chartered for a return flight from Llandow, Wales to Dublin (DUB), Ireland. The passengers attended a rugby match between the teams of Ireland and Wales.
While on final approach to Llandow's runway 28 there was a slight tendency to undershoot. When 800 yards from the runway and at a height of 150 feet there was an additional use of power followed by the sudden application of full throttle. The aircraft rose steeply to 300 feet attaining a nose-up attitude of 35 degrees to the vertical. The aircraft then stalled and crashed into a field 2500 feet short of the runway.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The loading conditions of the aircraft which gave a centre of gravity position too far aft and outside the limit in the relevant Certificate of Airworthiness and therefor insuffucient elevator control under conditions of low speed and acute instability."


Aviation Disasters / D. Gero
ICAO Circular 18-AN/15 (52-53)



photo (c) Imperial War Museum collection; Wunstorf Air Base (ETNW); 12 March 1950

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