Accident Vickers 701C Viscount G-ANHC, Wednesday 22 October 1958
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Date:Wednesday 22 October 1958
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 701C Viscount
Owner/operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-ANHC
MSN: 63
Year of manufacture:1954
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Dart 506
Fatalities:Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:near Anzio -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL)
Destination airport:Napoli Airport (NAP/LIRN)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
BEA Flight 142 was en route from London to Naples flying on Airway Amber 1, reporting over Ostia, Italy, at 23500 feet at 11:44. The flight reported continuing to Ponza, estimating arrival over this NDB at 11:57. At 10:45 a formation of four Italian Air Force North American F-86E Sabre jets had taken off from Pratica di Mare Air Base on a group tactical training exercise in the Pratica CTR (West of Airway Amber 1) which was prohibited for civil aircraft. The formation was 5 km east of Anzio on a 310 degree heading carrying out a reverse attack manoeuvre consisting of an initial dive, followed by a climb turn to the right and a steep dive with final recovery to level flight. During the steep dive that followed the climbing turn, the leading aircraft collided with the Viscount. Both aircraft crashed, but the F-86 pilot was able to eject.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was attributed to "an Act of God" - since neither of the pilots saw the other aircraft before they collided.
A contributory cause of the accident was deviation of the Viscount from the airway which placed it in a prohibited area reserved for military activities."


ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (215-227)


  • 15th worst accident in 1958
  • 24th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Ministry of Defence-Aviation, Italy

photo (c) Ministry of Defence-Aviation, Italy

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