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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 19 February 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B
Operator:Gulf Aviation
Registration: G-APJS
C/n / msn: 14001
First flight: 1952
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Mount Scifarello (   Italy)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Greece
Destination airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA), Italy
Narrative:
The de Havilland Heron was on a ferry flight from Bahrain to England for inspections and modifications. The flight left Athens at 14:07 GMT for an IFR flight plan flight to Rome. En route the crew requested a lower flight level, but this was not granted because the requested level was below safety minimums. The aircraft did not arrive at Rome and was found to have crashed against the southeast slope of Mount Scifarello at a height of about 5675 feet (1730 m).

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a navigational error. The following were contributing causes: a) weather conditions encountered were worse than forecast; b) the pilot had difficulty in receiving MF bearings; c) there was no anti-icing equipment on the wing surfaces."

Sources:
» ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (79-82)


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Distance from Athens-Ellinikon International Airport to Roma-Ciampino Airport as the crow flies is 1037 km (648 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of 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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