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Last updated: 25 January 2022
Datum:donderdag 10 augustus 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 708 Viscount
Vloog voor:Dan-Air Services
Gehuurd van:Alidair
Registratie: G-ARIR
Constructienummer: 36
Bouwjaar: 1954-05-30 (24 years 3 months)
Motoren: 4 Rolls-Royce Dart 505
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 45
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 49
Schade: Groot
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Lydd International Airport (LYX) (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Beauvais-Tillé Airport (BVA/LFOB), Frankrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lydd International Airport (LYX/EGMD), Verenigd Koninkrijk
The Vickers Viscount aircraft was flying from Beauvais, France, to Lydd Airport, U.K.. During the approach the landing gear was selected down and the two main gear indicator lights showed green, but the nose gear light remained red. The landing gear was re-cycled twice but the nose gear light remained red. The hydraulic changeover lever was moved to emergency and after the hand pump had been operated a short while, the nose gear light changed to green. The visual indicator also showed the nose gear as down. The Tower were informed that 'three greens' were now indicated and the aircraft was cleared to land. During the approach and landing continuous pressure was maintained on the hand pump. The touchdown was normal on the main wheels and the nose wheel was held off until approximately 50 to 60 knots when it was lowered gently onto the runway. After running about 100 m the nose gear collapsed and the nose of the aircraft settled onto the runway. After the aircraft came to a stop, the passengers were evacuated through the front left main door, the sill of which was about one metre above ground level.

The aircraft was repaired and returned to service on September 17.1978, after fitment of replacement nose undercarriage doors, Rolls-Royce Dart engines and Dowty propellers.

» AIB Bulletin 10/78
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photo of Vickers-708-Viscount-G-ARIR
accident date: 10-08-1978
type: Vickers 708 Viscount
registration: G-ARIR
photo of Vickers-708-Viscount-G-ARIR
accident date: 10-08-1978
type: Vickers 708 Viscount
registration: G-ARIR

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Beauvais-Tillé Airport en Lydd International Airport bedraagt 185 km (116 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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