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Accident description
Last updated: 11 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Sunday 11 December 1983
Time:14:15
Type:Vickers 668 Varsity
Operator:West Texas Air Museum
Registration: N65338
C/n / msn:
First flight: 1953
Total airframe hrs:7371
Engines: 2 Bristol Hercules 264
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:El Paso-West Texas Airport, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Destination airport:El Paso-West Texas Airport, TX, United States of America
Narrative:
The Varsity aircraft landed hard with the right main gear off the side of the runway, causing the undercarriage to collapse. Due to the impact, the left wing folded aft and the right wing twisted 30 degrees leading edge down. The aircraft wheel track is only 4 feet less than the width of the runway. The pilot did not have a type rating for the Varsity plane.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
"Judgment .. poor .. pilot in command
Overconfidence in personal ability .. pilot in command
Level off .. misjudged .. pilot in command
Inadequate initial training .. pilot in command
Lack of total experience in type of aircraft .. pilot in command
Unsuitable terrain or takeoff/landing/taxi area .. selected .. pilot in command
Proper alignment .. not attained .. pilot in command
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Flight/nav instruments,airspeed indicator .. inoperative"

Sources:
» NTSB


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