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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 8 February 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 708 Viscount
Operator:British United Airways - BUA
Registration: G-ARBY
C/n / msn: 10
First flight: 1953-05-27 (9 years 9 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 505
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Paris-Le Bourget Airport (LBG/LFPB), France
Destination airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Narrative:
Following a non-scheduled freight flight from Paris-Le Bourget Airport, France in the early hours of the morning, the aircraft made a PAR-monitored ILS approach to runway 09 at London-Gatwick Airport. Weather conditions at the time were reported as 8/8 cloud at 200 ft. and RVR 1,100 yds. The approach was discontinued when the aircraft reached critical height (200 ft.), because the pilot was still unable to see the ground. After carrying out an overshoot, the captain decided to hold at Mayfield NDB to await an improvement at Gatwick. After two circuits of the holding pattern had been completed the captain received an 'Actual' from Gatwick giving 8/8 cloud at 300 ft. and RVR 1,100 yds. A second PAR-monitored ILS approach to runway 09 was then made. At 3/4 mile from touchdown PAR advised that the aircraft was 200 ft., left of the centre line and 100 ft. above the glidepath. At about this time, however, the captain sighted the threshold lights and began an 'S' turn to the right to line up with the runway. Shortly afterwards the air craft touched down just outside the left hand edge of the runway, at a point about 800 yds. past the threshold. The ground was covered with snow including two patches about two feet in depth, and in passing through these the nosewheel collapsed. The aircraft came to rest on its nose about 400 yds. from the touchdown point and 20 yds. outside the left hand edge of the runway.

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


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Distance from Paris-Le Bourget Airport to London-Gatwick Airport as the crow flies is 304 km (190 miles).

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