ASN Aircraft accident Vickers 745D Viscount N7431 Norfolk Municipal Airport, VA (ORF)
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Thursday 19 January 1967
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 745D Viscount
Operator:United Airlines
Registration: N7431
MSN: 129
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 46
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Norfolk Municipal Airport, VA (ORF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Norfolk Municipal Airport, VA (ORF/KORF), United States of America
A snow tractor taxied into the path of a United Air Lines Viscount which was just landing. The Viscount collided with the snow plough, ripping open the airplane's belly and tearing off one of the wings.

Probable Cause:

personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: driver of vehicle
personnel - airport supervisory personnel: other
miscellaneous acts,conditions - instructions-misinterpreted
miscellaneous acts, conditions - overload failure



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