Accident Vickers 953 Vanguard G-APEJ, Friday 29 March 1963
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Date:Friday 29 March 1963
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Type:Silhouette image of generic vang model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 953 Vanguard
Owner/operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-APEJ
MSN: 713
Year of manufacture:1961
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 50
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:Dublin Airport (DUB) -   Ireland
Phase: Landing
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:
Destination airport:Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
After a normal approach, the aircraft failed to respond when the pilot attempted to 'flare out' for the landing and it hit the ground in a nose down attitude, first on the nosewheels and then on the mainwheels. It bounced back into the air but did not remain airborne although considerable power was applied. The aircraft hit the ground again nose wheels first, bounced several more times, and the nose gear collapsed.
The landing run, in the course of which the aircraft left the runway for some 400 yds. before returning to it, was completed on the main wheels and broken nose gear. It was subsequently established that the aircraft failed to respond to the pilot's attempt to flare out, because elevator movement was restricted by four water-soaked cleaning cloths, lodged between the port elevator and the tailplane spar, which had frozen solid during the flight. The descent and landing had taken only five minutes and this had not allowed the frozen cloths time to thaw.

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Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA

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