Accident de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B G-APJS, Wednesday 19 February 1958
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Date:Wednesday 19 February 1958
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Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
de Havilland DH-114 Heron 1B
Owner/operator:Gulf Aviation
Registration: G-APJS
MSN: 14001
Year of manufacture:1952
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Mount Scifarello -   Italy
Phase: En route
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT)
Destination airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The de Havilland Heron was on a ferry flight from Bahrain to England for inspections and modifications. The flight left Athens at 14:07 GMT for an IFR flight plan flight to Rome. En route the crew requested a lower flight level, but this was not granted because the requested level was below safety minimums. The aircraft did not arrive at Rome and was found to have crashed against the southeast slope of Mount Scifarello at a height of about 5675 feet (1730 m).

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by a navigational error. The following were contributing causes: a) weather conditions encountered were worse than forecast; b) the pilot had difficulty in receiving MF bearings; c) there was no anti-icing equipment on the wing surfaces."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest, Circular 59-AN/54 (79-82)

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