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Last updated: 28 November 2021
Date:Saturday 23 December 1967
Time:08:01 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:Sterling Airways
Registration: OY-EAN
MSN: 43275/192
First flight: 1951
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 55
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Göteborg-Torslanda Airport (   Sweden)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Stockholm-Arlanda Airport (ARN/ESSA), Sweden
Destination airport:Göteborg-Torslanda Airport (GOT/ESGB), Sweden
Flightnumber: 821
Flight 821 took off from Stockholm at 06:37 for a flight to Gothenburg. Insufficient visual references caused the crew to discontinue the first approach at critical height. On the second approach, the captain took over control at low altitude and landed heavily 3000 feet after the threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Nonregulative use of reverse before firm ground contact."

» ICAO Circular 88-AN/74 Volume II (260-263)


photo of Douglas-DC-6B-OY-EAN
accident date: 23-12-1967
type: Douglas DC-6B
registration: OY-EAN
photo of Douglas-DC-6B-HB-IBE
accident date: 23-12-1967
type: Douglas DC-6B
registration: HB-IBE

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 Stockholm-Arlanda Airport to Göteborg-Torslanda Airport as the crow flies is 412 km (257 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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