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Last updated: 17 February 2020
Fecha:miércoles 19 julio 1972
Hora:13:15 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 501EX
Operador:British Caledonian Airways
Registración: G-AWYS
Numéro de série: 175
Año de Construcción: 1969
Horas Totales de la Célula:8997
Motores: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 79
Total:Fatalidades: 1 / Ocupantes: 85
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:Kerkyra Airport (CFU) (   Grecia)
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional No Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Grecia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Reino Unido
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


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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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