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Last updated: 9 December 2021
Datum:Montag 14 August 1961
Flugzeugtyp:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Fluggesellschaft:Overseas Aviation
Kennzeichen: G-AJCE
Werknummer: 256
Baujahr: 1948-03-19 (13 years 5 months)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 3
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 37
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 40
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN) (   Frankreich)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN/LFLY), Frankreich
Flug nach:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Großbritannien
Vickers Viking G-AJCE operated on a charter flight from Palma de Mallorca Airport (PMI) to London-Gatwick Airport (LGW). An intermediate stop was planned at Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN).
On takeoff from Lyon, the airplane suffered a simultaneous failure of both engines. The failure of the first (starboard) engine seems to have been due to the breaking of a seal in the hydraulic propeller pitch control system. The breakage caused periodic variation of the pitch and hence variations in the speed of the engine.
The vibrations of the port engine according to the statement of the crew and of experts, were undoubtedly due to an ignition defect. The ignition harness was found to be below requirements.
Consequently the airplane crash-landed near the airport.

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Distance from Lyon-Bron Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 706 km (442 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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