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Last updated: 20 April 2019
Date:Sunday 4 July 1965
Type:Armstrong Whitworth AW-650 Argosy 222
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-ASXL
C/n / msn: 6800
First flight: 1964
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 532-1
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Piacenza (   Italy)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Milano-Linate Airport (LIN/LIML), Italy
The Argosy struck a hilltop at 2230 feet some 35nm from the runway 36 threshold.
PROBABLE CAUSE: Navigational error due to 1) Failure to determine the aircraft's position in bad weather; 2) Failure to make fullest possible use of the co-pilot.

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 (142-149)


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Distance from London Airport to Milano-Linate Airport as the crow flies is 974 km (609 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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