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Last updated: 25 February 2020
Date:Sunday 6 May 1962
Time:14:29 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas C-47A-1-DK (DC-3)
Operator:Channel Airways
Registration: G-AGZB
C/n / msn: 12180
First flight: 1943
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:St. Boniface Down (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands (JER/EGJJ), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Gosport-Fleetlands Heliport (EGVF), United Kingdom
The DC-3 had descended to 1000 feet while approaching Portsmouth in low clouds and drizzle conditions. The plane collided with the cloud shrouded St. Boniface Down, crashed and burst into flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "As a result of an error of airmanship the aircraft was flown below a safe altitude in bad weather conditions and struck cloud-covered high ground."

» ICAO Accident Digest No.14 Volume II, Circular 71-AN/63 (57-61)


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Distance from Jersey-States Airport, Channel Islands to Gosport-Fleetlands Heliport as the crow flies is 197 km (123 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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Douglas DC-3

  • ca 13.000 built
  • 3575th loss
  • 1351st fatal accident
  • 333rd worst accident (at the time)
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