Vliegtuigongeval op 03 SEP 1979 met Arospatiale SN.601 Corvette OY-SBS - Nice-Cte d'Azur Airport (NCE)
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Datum:maandag 3 september 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic S601 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Arospatiale SN.601 Corvette
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Sterling Airways
Registratie: OY-SBS
Constructienummer: 21
Bouwjaar: 1975
Aantal vlieguren:5161
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada JT15D-4
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 2
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 8
Totaal:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 10
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:1 km (0.6 mijl) SW van Nice-Cte d'Azur Airport (NCE) (   Frankrijk)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale charter
Vliegveld van vertrek:Coventry-Baginton Airport (CVT/EGBE), Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Nice-Cte d'Azur Airport (NCE/LFMN), Frankrijk
An Arospatiale SN.601 Corvette corporate jet, registration OY-SBS, operated by Sterling Airways from Denmark, was destroyed when it crashed into the sea near Nice-Cte d'Azur Airport (NCE), France. The eight passengers and both crew members were killed.
Flight NB4133 departed Copenhagen on the day of the accident on a flight to Stockholm. Three passengers embarked and the flight continued to Coventry-Baginton Airport (CVT), UK. The airplane was refueled and another six passengers embarked. The flight departed at 14:30 and continued to Nice at an altitude of FL290. The descent for Nice was uneventful until 18:02 local time at FL200 when the airplane suffered a double engine fire. The crew reported an emergency and were cleared direct to Nice for an emergency landing. Nice Approach vectored the crew for an emergency landing at Nice runway 05. The airplane was on finals when it crashed into the sea about 1 km from the runway.

Probable Cause:

CAUSES OF THE ACCIDENT: "The accident resulted from the impact of the aircraft at sea following a loss of control during the last turn, both engines being switched off.
The final flame out of the left engine resulted from a mechanical failure of the accessory drive gearbox. The right engine could not be relit, and the causes of its definitive flame out remain undetermined."


photo of Aérospatiale-SN-601-Corvette-OY-SBS
accident date: 03-09-1979
type: Aérospatiale SN.601 Corvette
registration: OY-SBS
photo of Aérospatiale-SN-601-Corvette-OY-SBS
accident date: 03-09-1979
type: Aérospatiale SN.601 Corvette
registration: OY-SBS
photo of Aérospatiale-SN-601-Corvette-F-BVPE
accident date: 03-09-1979
type: Aérospatiale SN.601 Corvette
registration: F-BVPE

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 Coventry-Baginton Airport en Nice-Cte d'Azur Airport bedraagt 1154 km (721 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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