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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Thursday 22 June 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 803 Viscount
Operator:Aer Lingus
Registration: EI-AOF
MSN: 176
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) N of Ashbourne (   Ireland)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Departure airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
The Viscount had departed Dublin at 06:44 GMT for a pilot conversion training flight on an IFR flight plan. The instructor planned to spend 2 hours in a sector NW of Dublin, followed by practicing circuits and landings for one hour. Eyewitnesses reported seeing the aircraft entering a vertical dive from low altitude. The plane crashed and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An unintentional stall and incipient spin at a low altitude from which recovery was not possible.
There is not enough evidence to determine the circumstances leading to the stall and incipient spin but the behaviour of the aircraft in the final stages was such as to indicate that it was not under control of the flight instructor."

Loss of control


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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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