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Last updated: 30 November 2021
Date:Friday 19 August 1949
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC3 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AHCY
MSN: 12355
First flight: 1944
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 32
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:24 km (15 mls) NE of Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN) (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Manchester-Ringway Airport (MAN/EGCC), United Kingdom
The BEA Douglas Dakota III departed Belfast at 11:58 for a one hour flight to Manchester.
At 12:49 the pilot contacted the duty controller at Ringway Airport and reported "Approaching from northwest at 3500 feet, descending to 1500 flying under IFR, ETA 1157 [UTC]". During the descent the aircraft flew into the side of a cloud-covered hill near Wimberry Stones at about 1400 feet, 15 miles short of the Manchester Ringway airport.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An error in navigation, incorrect approach procedure and failure to check the position of the aircraft accurately before the descent from a safe height."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain



photo of Douglas-Dakota-III-G-AHCY
accident date: 19-08-1949
type: Douglas Dakota III (DC-3)
registration: G-AHCY
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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