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Last updated: 8 August 2020
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Date:Saturday 23 December 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic H25A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Hawker Siddeley HS-125-3B
Operator:Autair International Airways
Registration: G-AVGW
C/n / msn: 25120
First flight: 1967
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:0,8 km (0.5 mls) W of London-Luton Airport (LTN) (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 160 m (525 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), United Kingdom
Destination airport:London-Luton Airport (LTN/EGGW), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The corporate jet aircraft was owned by The Beecham Group and operated by Autair International on a crew training flight for the first officer to complete his conversion onto the HS-125.
During a local flight from Luton Airport excercises were flown in the area, which were to be concluded with a simulated engine failure on take-off, followed by an asymetric approach and single-engined landing. It climbed to around 300 feet before it descended and crashed onto the roof of the Vauxhall Motors factory, about half a mile west from the end of runway 26.

Probable Cause:

The accident was caused by an almost total reduction of engine power. The reason for which was not determined.

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» Colours in the Sky: The History of Autair and Court Line Aviation / Graham M. Simons, 1997


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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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