ASN Aircraft accident Vickers 952F Vanguard F-GEJE Marseille-Provence Airport (MRS)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Monday 6 February 1989
Type:Silhouette image of generic vang model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 952F Vanguard
Operating for:Royal Air Maroc - RAM
Leased from:Inter Cargo Service
Registration: F-GEJE
MSN: 730
First flight: 1960-12-10 (28 years 2 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Tyne 512
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Marseille-Provence Airport (MRS) (   France)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:Marseille-Provence Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Destination airport:Paris-Orly Airport (ORY/LFPO), France
Vanguard F-GEJE was chartered by Royal Air Maroc and Air France to carry out a cargo flight from Paris (ORY) to Casablanca. The airplane was to return as flight 3132 to Marseille (MRS) and Paris (ORY). On the return flight at Marseille some cargo was offloaded and new cargo loaded. At 18:08 the airplane taxied to runway 32R and was cleared for takeoff four minutes later. The takeoff was aborted when the crew experienced problems with the flight controls. The crew requested current wind information and after completing some checks requested clearance for departure. During the second attempt to takeoff from runway 32R, the crew experienced control difficulties. The airplane banked to the right until it crashed into the water to the right of the runway.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSES (translated from French): "The accident resulted from a loss of control of the aircraft during take-off following a failure (or disconnection) in the control chain of an aileron servo-compensator. This failure (disconnection) most likely occurred when using the thrust reversers on the last landing. This failure (disconnection) appears to be the result of an earlier damage probably located in the control chain of the left aileron servo-compensator, struck by a stepladder after the antepenultimate flight; however, the link between the two elements could not be formally established. Before take-off, the crew did detect the anomaly in the roll controls but performed an incorrect analysis and did not perform all the checks required by the flight manual in this case. The power reduction immediately after take-off exacerbated the loss of control of the aircraft by causing it to stall. The fact that this flight is an instruction flight and the relatively modest experience of this crew on aircraft of this technology were aggravating factors."

Aileron issue
Loss of control

» Rapport final concernant l'accident survenu 6/2/1989 a Marseille-Margnane (13) au VC-9 immatriculé F-GJEJ et exploité par la compagnie Inter Cargo Service


photo of Vickers-952F-Vanguard-F-GEJE
accident date: 06-02-1989
type: Vickers 952F Vanguard
registration: F-GEJE

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Marseille-Provence Airport to Paris-Orly Airport as the crow flies is 624 km (390 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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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