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Last updated: 29 March 2020
Datum:woensdag 19 juli 1972
Tijd:13:15 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic BA11 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
BAC One-Eleven 501EX
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:British Caledonian Airways
Registratie: G-AWYS
Constructienummer: 175
Bouwjaar: 1969
Aantal vlieguren:8997
Aantal vluchten:5626
Motoren: 2 Rolls-Royce Spey 512-14DW
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 79
Totaal:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 85
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Kerkyra Airport (CFU) (   Griekenland)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport (CFU/LGKR), Griekenland
Vliegveld van aankomst:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), Verenigd Koninkrijk
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Kerkyra-I. Kapodistrias Airport en London-Gatwick Airport bedraagt 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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