Accident Vickers 815 Viscount AP-AJE, Friday 14 August 1959
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Date:Friday 14 August 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 815 Viscount
Owner/operator:Pakistan International Airlines - PIA
Registration: AP-AJE
MSN: 337
Year of manufacture:1959
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 525
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Karachi International Airport (KHI) -   Pakistan
Phase: Approach
Departure airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC)
Destination airport:Karachi International Airport (KHI/OPKC)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The PIA Viscount took off from Karachi at 14:30 GMT for a training flight. The aircraft returned to Karachi at 16:39 and took off again at 16:48 for further training. At 17:07 the crew were cleared to land. The aircraft (probably carrying out an ILS approach) was not properly lined up with the runway, so a go around was carried out. On the second time, the Viscount was seen flying very low over the runway with the engines no. 3 and 4 inoperative. During the overshoot, the Viscount yawed almost 90deg to starboard, causing the right wing to strike a blast pen wall. The aircraft then crashed in flames.
The Viscount named "City of Dacca" had been delivered just 5 months prior to the accident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The trainee captain attempted a manoeuvre in disregard of the presribed limitations of such a manoeuvre. A two-engine overshoot was attempted at a very low height and below the prescribed minimum speed, when the aircraft was committed to a landing. This resulted in a violent yaw and sharp drop which could not be controlled. The training captain was conversant with the minimum requirements of a two-engine overshoot of the Viscount 815 aircraft but appears to have overestimated his performance."


ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (33-34)



photo (c) via Abbas Ali

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