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Last updated: 19 October 2021
Date:Monday 12 August 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 708 Viscount
Operator:Air Inter
Registration: F-BGNV
MSN: 39
First flight: 1954
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 16
Ground casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) N of Lyon (   France)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Lille-Lesquin Airport (LIL/LFQQ), France
Destination airport:Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN/LFLY), France
Flight 2611 took off from Lille (LIL) at 11:51 GMT for a 81-minute IFR flight to Lyon (LYN) and Nice (NIC). The flight started its descent from FL150 at 13:00 and reported being over Tramoyes at FL40 nine minutes later. Lyon Control asked the flight to hold momentarily over Tramoyes at FL30, but a severe storm in the area forced the crew to request permission to descend to FL25. Lyon then cleared the flight for a straight-in approach to runway 17. The acknowledgment was the last thing heard from the flight. The Viscount was seen by eyewitnesses around 13:20, flying very low in an easterly direction in the heart of the storm. The plane struck trees, the roof of a farmhouse and a telephone pole before crashing into a field.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Board considered that the aircraft would probably have landed safely if it had been able to carry through the approach it had initiated; that the accident resulted from exceptionally bad weather conditions in the area where the aircraft was holding at the request of Lyon Approach. The Board did not rule out the possibility of a flash of lightning dazzling the crew and causing temporary blindness or appreciably incapacitating both crew members."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 2 months
Accident number: Report f-nv630812
Download report: Final report

» ICAO Accident Digest No.15 - Volume II, Circular 78-AN/66 (179-185)


photo of Vickers-708-Viscount-F-BGNV
accident date: 12-08-1963
type: Vickers 708 Viscount
registration: F-BGNV

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Lille-Lesquin Airport to Lyon-Bron Airport as the crow flies is 551 km (344 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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