Accident Vickers 701C Viscount G-ANHC, Wednesday 22 October 1958
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Date:Wednesday 22 October 1958
Time:11:50
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
Category:Accident
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
Narrative:
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."

Sources:

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

Statistics

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

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photo (c) Ministry of Defence-Aviation, Italy


photo (c) Ministry of Defence-Aviation, Italy

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