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Last updated: 6 March 2021
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Fecha:jueves 17 marzo 1955
Hora:14:27
Tipo:Vickers 616 Viking 1B
Operador:Central African Airways
Registración: VP-YEX
Numéro de série: 159
Año de Construcción: 1946-11-27 (8 years 4 months)
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 5
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 23
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 28
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Salisbury-Belvedere (   Zimbabwe)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Johannesburg International Airport (JNB/FAJS), Sudáfrica
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Salisbury Airport (HRE/FVHA), Zimbabwe
Número de Vuelo: 120
Descripción:
Flight 120 took off from Jan Smuts Airport at 11:15 for a flight to Salisbury. The Vickers Viking undershot the Salisbury runway 27 on final approach, causing severe damage to the right hand undercarriage and (no. 2) engine. The aircraft finally came to rest 300-400yds further on.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was neither caused by mechanical defect of the aircraft nor by the conduct of the pilot. It was caused by a combination of circumstances which can only be described as unusual and unexpected. Had the sudden downpour of rain not taken place at the critical moment, it is almost certain that no accident would have occurred."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (79-85)


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Distance from Johannesburg International Airport to Salisbury Airport as the crow flies is 955 km (597 miles).

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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