Accident Vickers 745D Viscount N7462,
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Date:Monday 18 January 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 745D Viscount
Owner/operator:Capital Airlines
Registration: N7462
MSN: 217
Year of manufacture:1957
Total airframe hrs:9247 hours
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Fatalities:Fatalities: 50 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:11 km ENE of Charles City, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Washington-National Airport, DC (DCA/KDCA)
Destination airport:Norfolk Municipal Airport, VA (ORF/KORF)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
En route from Washington to Norfolk at an altitude of 8000 feet in icing conditions, two engines failed. While descending to a lower altitude, the remaining two engines also failed and the propellers autofeathered. The crew tried to restart the engines and put the aircraft into a dive trying to drive the propellers out of the feathered position as they were not able to unfeather them normally. Eventually they managed to restart engine no. 4. Applying full power to this engine caused the Viscount to enter a circling descent until it crashed into trees with almost no forward velocity.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to the delayed arming of the engine ice protection systems while flying in icy conditions, resulting in the loss of engine power and attendant electrical energy required to unfeather propellers and relight sufficient engines to maintain flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (100-107)



photo (c) Nigel Wemyss, via Colville Wemyss; near Charles City, VA; January 1960

photo (c) Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB); near Charles City, VA; January 1960

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