Crash-aerien 01 MAR 1960 d'un Handley Page Hastings C.1 TG579 - Gan RAF Station (GAN)
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Date:mardi 1 mars 1960
Type/Sous-type:Handley Page Hastings C.1
Compagnie:Royal Air Force - RAF
Immatriculation: TG579
Numéro de série: HP67/70
Année de Fabrication: 1949
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 14
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 20
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:3 km (1.9 milles) de Gan RAF Station (GAN) (   Les Maldives)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Aéroport de départ:Katunayake RAF Station (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Aéroport de destination:Gan RAF Station (GAN/VRMG), Les Maldives
The Hastings departed RAF Katunayake at 17:34 for a flight over the Indian Ocean to RAF Gan in the Maldives. Weather near Gan was poor with heavy rain and thunderstorm. The first approach was abandoned and the pilot decided to hold for 20 minutes, hoping the storm would pass. During the second approach a lightning flash blinded the pilots, during which the aircraft descended to a height just above the sea. The aircraft then hit the sea and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "A) Having descended below his calculated break off level of 420 ft. and losing visual contact with runway due to lightning flashes and rain, he failed to take immediate overshoot action.
B) In the meteorological conditions prevailing, he failed to make a standard bad weather circuit on established instrument approach. Instead he made a very long low approach to land in marginal weather conditions, and failed to have navigator co-relate Eureka range with L.(?) readings. Causal conditions were (1) Pilot fatigue and (2) Impairment of vision by rain."

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Katunayake RAF Station et Gan RAF Station est de 1143 km (715 miles).

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