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Last updated: 20 September 2021
Status:Final
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
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:Portsmouth Airport, United Kingdom
Narrative:
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."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» 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 Portsmouth Airport as the crow flies is 196 km (122 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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Douglas DC-3

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