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Last updated: 17 August 2019
Date:Friday 19 August 1949
Time:ca 12:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-5-DK (DC-3)
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AHCY
C/n / msn: 12355
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) NE of Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom
Douglas C-47A G-AHCY departed Belfast at 10:58 for a one hour flight to Manchester. Last radio contact with the aircraft was at 11:59. The aircraft crashed into the side of a cloud-covered hill at about 1400 feet, 15 miles short of the Manchester Ringway airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error in navigation, incorrect approach procedure and failure to check the position of the aircraft accurately before the descent from a safe height."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain


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Douglas DC-3

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  • 2748th loss
  • 891st fatal accident
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