ASN Aircraft accident BAC One-Eleven 501EX G-AWYS Kerkyra Airport (CFU)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 19 July 1972
Time:13:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 501EX
Operator:British Caledonian Airways
Registration: G-AWYS
MSN: 175
First flight: 1969
Total airframe hrs:8997
Engines: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 79
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 85
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Kerkyra Airport (CFU) (   Greece)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Greece
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
BAC One-Eleven G-AWYS was speeding down the runway when it ran through a pool of standing water. The captain thought the no. 1 engine had failed and rejected the takeoff close to decision speed. The airplane overran the runway onto rough ground and came to rest in a nearby lagoon in about 1 metre depth. An elderly lady died of a heart attack whilst being taken to hospital.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident sequence originated when the aircraft ran into a pool of standing water at a speed very close to V1 causing a temporary reduction of engine thrust from water ingestion and a momentary loss of aircraft acceleration. This situation, apparently, delayed the crew's identification of their problems and the initiation of action to abandon the takeoff was taken about 3 seconds too late for the aircraft to be stopped within the runway distance remaining."

Accident investigation:

Investigating agency: CAA Greece
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 1 months
Download report: Final report

Rejected takeoff
Runway excursion


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Distance from Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 2003 km (1252 miles).

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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