Narrative:The Britavia Handley Page Hermes tried to land at the wrong airfield, Drigh Road instead of Karachi, in heavy rain. The aircraft undershot the runway.
|Date:||05 AUG 1956|
|Type:||Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IVA|
|C/n / msn:|| HP.81/12|
|First flight:|| 1950|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 65|
|Total:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 72 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||Karachi-Drigh Road Airforce Station (Pakistan)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
|Nature:||Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Destination airport:||Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC), Pakistan|
PROBABLE CAUSE: "An undershooting of the runway 07 selected for landing attributable to the failure of the aircraft's left wind-shield wiper. The secondary cause was a mistake in confusing runway 08 at PAF airfield Drigh Road, with runway 07 at Karachi Airport (the latter being the correct runway for use) when landing in meteorological conditions below those recommended as minima by the Pakistan Department of Civil Aviation."
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.