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Last updated: 16 September 2021
Date:Monday 23 December 1957
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Scottish Airlines
Registration: G-AMUN
MSN: Set 55
First flight: 1946
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near London-Stansted Airport (STN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Destination airport:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS), United Kingdom
The aircraft had arrived from Malta and already tried to land two times. On the third approach the Avro collided with a tree, some 3/4 mile short of the runway, and crashed in flames.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was due to an error on the part of the captain in that whilst making an attempt to land he continued the approach below the critical height without sufficient visual reference to the ground."


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Distance from Malta-Luqa Airport to London-Stansted Airport as the crow flies is 2094 km (1309 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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