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Last updated: 14 October 2019
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Date:Thursday 20 March 1969
Time:16:58
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 815 Viscount
Operator:British Midland Airways - BMA
Registration: G-AVJA
C/n / msn: 336
First flight: 1959-01-27 (10 years 2 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 525
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN) (   United Kingdom)
Crash site elevation: 78 m (256 feet) amsl
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Manchester International Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Edinburgh-Turnhouse Airport (EDI/EGPH), United Kingdom
Narrative:
The Vickers Viscount operated on a repositioning flight from Manchester to Edinburgh, U.K. On board were two pilots and two flight attendants.
It was pre-planned that the flight would be used to carry out some training and that an engine failure would be simulated during takeoff. Shortly after takeoff the no.4 engine was feathered and the aircraft yawed sharply to starboard, then leveled off and then entered a steeper climb whilst turning and rolling to starboard. The aircraft struck the ground inverted.

Probable Cause:

The accident was due to a loss of control following a simulated engine failure on takeoff. The reason for the loos of control has not been determined .

Classification:
Loss of control

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Distance from Manchester International Airport to Edinburgh-Turnhouse Airport as the crow flies is 295 km (184 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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