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Last updated: 28 January 2022
Datum:Dienstag 8 Mai 1951
Flugzeugtyp:Vickers 639 Viking 1
Fluggesellschaft:Hunting Air Travel
Kennzeichen: G-AHPD
Werknummer: 134
Baujahr: 1946-11-13 (4 years 6 months)
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 27
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 32
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:S of Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD) (   Frankreich)
Flugphase: Anfangssteigflug (ICL)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport (BOD/LFBD), Frankreich
Flug nach:Bovingdon RAF Station, Großbritannien
Viking G-AHPD took off from Bordeaux at 14:10 UTC for a flight to Bovingdon. Climbing through 50 m, the pilot throttled down to initial climbing speed. The no. 1 engine then suddenly began to lose power. This engine was shut down, propeller feathered and full power applied to the remaining no. 2 engine. Altitude could not be maintained, causing the crew to decide upon a belly landing. The aircraft slid for about 100 m before coming to rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The disconnecting of the articulated control rod of the propeller governor due to the lack of a split pin on the governor spindle and to the nut of the ball-joint of the control spindle having been unscrewed by force."

» ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (13-14)


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Distance from Bordeaux-Mérignac Airport to Bovingdon RAF Station as the crow flies is 762 km (476 miles).

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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