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Last updated: 16 July 2020
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Date:Saturday 19 June 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic CVLP model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Convair CV-240-4
Operator:Swissair
Registration: HB-IRW
C/n / msn: 61
First flight: 1948
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 10 km W off Folkestone (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Destination airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Fuel exhaustion over the English Channel forced the crew to ditch the aircraft. All occupants were able to escape, but 3 non-swimmers drowned because of there had been no life-saving equipment on board.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Complete loss of power of both engines through fuel exhaustion and is attributed to negligence on the part of both pilots."

Classification:
Fuel exhaustion
Ditching

Photos

photo of Convair-CV-240-4-HB-IRW
accident date: 19-06-1954
type: Convair CV-240-4
registration: HB-IRW
photo of Convair-CV-240-4-PH-TEA
accident date: 19-06-1954
type: Convair CV-240-4
registration: PH-TEA
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Genève-Cointrin Airport to London Airport as the crow flies is 749 km (468 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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