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Accident description
Last updated: 19 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 9 September 1963
Time:13:49 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 806 Viscount
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AOJC
C/n / msn: 152
First flight: 1956
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 510
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 30
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA) (   Switzerland)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Genève-Cointrin Airport (GVA/LSGG), Switzerland
Flightnumber:BE556
Narrative:
During the flight two screws were noticed to be missing from the flap beam fairing between the inner and middle flaps on the port wing. As a precaution it was decided to make a flapless landing at Geneva. The touchdown was smooth, on the mainwheels, but the nosewheels and axle broke off because of a material fracture when the nosewheels touched the runway. The aircraft continued straight down the runway, with the stub of the leg in contact with the ground. When the speed had dropped to about 30 knots, the aircraft swung to port on to a taxiway and stopped just clear of the runway. A small fire in the nosewheel bay was quickly put out by the airport fire service.

Probable Cause:

Conclusions: "The Commission arrived unanimously at the following conclusion : The accident was due to the facture of a part of the nose undercarriage structure during a landing made without flaps, probably subject to the accompanying influence of local weakening of the fractured part."

Classification:

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA
» ICAO Digest 15-I (Circular 78)


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Distance from London Airport to Genève-Cointrin Airport as the crow flies is 749 km (468 miles).

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