Accident Canadair C-4 Argonaut G-ALHL, Wednesday 21 September 1955
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Date:Wednesday 21 September 1955
Time:22:23
Type:Silhouette image of generic argt model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Canadair C-4 Argonaut
Owner/operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-ALHL
MSN: 158
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Merlin 622
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 47
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Category:Accident
Location:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP) -   Libya
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Roma-Ciampino Airport (CIA/LIRA)
Destination airport:Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP/HLLT)
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
The Argonaut had taken off from London for a flight to Kano. Following a scheduled stop at Rome, the aircraft continued to Tripoli. Visibility was poor at Tripoli and strong winds existed as the aircraft approached the airfield. The first three attempts to land had to be rejected. On the fourth attempt to land, the aircraft descended too low and struck trees some 1200 feet short of runway 11. A crash followed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was a result of an error of judgement on the part of the captain who having made three unsuccessful attempts to line-up and land on runway 11 on his fourth attempt allowed his desire to keep the runway lights in view to effect his judgement, in that during a visual approach to the runway he failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments. In the restricted visibility the runway lights gave him insufficient guidance as to attitude, height and angle of approach and unknowingly he permitted the aircraft to descend below its correct approach path."

Sources:

ICAO Accident Digest Circular 50-AN/45 (183-187)

Statistics

  • 22nd worst accident in 1955
  • 5th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 2nd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time

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