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Last updated: 22 January 2022
Datum:Samstag 16 Februar 1980
Flugzeugtyp:Bristol 175 Britannia 253
Fluggesellschaft:Redcoat Air Cargo
Kennzeichen: G-BRAC
Werknummer: 13448
Baujahr: 1959
Anzahl Zyklen der Zelle:8310
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Proteus 790
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 4 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 7 / Insassen: 8
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Billerica, MA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Boston-Logan International Airport, MA (BOS/KBOS), USA
Flug nach:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irland
Flugnummer: 103
Flight 103 took off from Boston runway 33L at 14:08 in bad weather (800 m visibility in snow, fog and moderate to severe icing in precipitation).
The cargo aircraft reached an altitude of 1700 feet after takeoff and started to descend. The aircraft descended into a wooded area and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Degraded aerodynamic performance beyond the flight capabilities of the aircraft resulting from an accumulation of ice and snow on the airframe before take-off and a further accumulation of ice when the aircraft was flown into moderate to severe icing conditions following take-off.
Contributing were encounters with windshear, downdraughts and turbulence during the climb. The failure of the flight crew to obtain an adequate pre-flight weather briefing and the failure of the National Weather Service to advise the crew of a SIGMET for severe icing conditions were also contributing factors."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-81-3
Download report: Final report

» NTSB Safety Recommendations A-81-18
» NTSB-AAR-81-3


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photo of Bristol-175-Britannia-253-G-BRAC
accident date: 16-02-1980
type: Bristol 175 Britannia 253
registration: G-BRAC
photo of Bristol-175-Britannia-253-G-BRAC
accident date: 16-02-1980
type: Bristol 175 Britannia 253
registration: G-BRAC

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 Boston-Logan International Airport, MA to Shannon Airport as the crow flies is 4614 km (2884 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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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