Accident Vickers 610 Viking 1B G-AJBO, Wednesday 1 May 1957
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Date:Wednesday 1 May 1957
Type:Silhouette image of generic vikg model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Owner/operator:Eagle Aviation Ltd.
Registration: G-AJBO
MSN: 241
Year of manufacture:1947
Total airframe hrs:488 hours
Fatalities:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Star Hill -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK)
Destination airport:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP/HLLT)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Viking G-AJBO was on a trooping flight to Idris, Libya when it took off from Blackbushe (BBS) at 21:14 UTC. Two minutes after takeoff the crew reported .. "a port engine failure I am making a left-hand circuit to come in again". When the aircraft was turning to finals, at 1200yds from the threshold, the left wingtip struck the ground and the aircraft crashed inverted in a wood and caught fire.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of the captain to maintain height and a safe flying speed when approaching to land on one engine after the failure (or suspected failure) of the port engine for reasons unknown."


ICAO Accident Digest No.9, Circular 56-AN/51 (100-105)


  • 9th worst accident in 1957
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Eric Tarrant; Blackbushe; 19 October 2011

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