ASN Aircraft accident Vickers 610 Viking 1B F-BJER Pic de la Roquette
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Status:
Date:Wednesday 11 September 1963
Type:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator:Airnautic
Registration: F-BJER
MSN: 216
First flight: 1947-05-09 (16 years 4 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 40 / Occupants: 40
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pic de la Roquette (   France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Gatwick Airport (LGW/EGKK), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Perpignan Airport (PGF/LFMP), France
Narrative:
The Viking crashed into the north face of the Pic de la Roquette in the Pyrenees.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The probable cause of this accident was a navigational error."

Classification:

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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accident date: 11-09-1963
type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B
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accident date: 11-09-1963
type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B
registration: F-BJER
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accident date: 11-09-1963
type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B
registration: F-BJER
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accident date: 11-09-1963
type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B
registration: F-BJER
 

Map
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 London-Gatwick Airport to Perpignan Airport as the crow flies is 956 km (598 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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