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Date:Wednesday 24 August 1960
Type:Vickers 634 Viking 1B
Operator:Don Everall Aviation
Registration: G-AMNK
MSN: 210
First flight: 1947-07-04 (13 years 2 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:ca 0,7 km off Heraklion-N. Kazantzakis Airport (HER) (   Greece)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Heraklion-N. Kazantzakis Airport (HER/LGIR), Greece
Destination airport:Cairo International Airport (CAI/HECA), Egypt
Viking G-AMNK was to fly from Birmingham to Aden with en route stops at Marseilles (which was changed to Nice), Brindisi, Heraklion, Cairo and Jeddah. It arrived at Heraklion at 01:54. After having been cleared for departure, the plane took off from runway 27 and became airborne after a long, 1800 m, ground run. While climbing through 90-100 feet engine sounds indicated some problems. At 650 m past the runway end the aircraft began to loose height and banked left. It then crashed into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The cause of the engine failure was not established but the most likely reason appears to be a defective fuel or ignition system. The reason why it was not possible for the aircraft to maintain safe flight after the failure of the engine remains unknown."

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Distance from Heraklion-N. Kazantzakis Airport to Cairo International Airport as the crow flies is 816 km (510 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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