Accident Vickers 616 Viking 1B VP-YEY, Sunday 29 March 1953
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Date:Sunday 29 March 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic vikg model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 616 Viking 1B
Owner/operator:Central African Airways
Registration: VP-YEY
MSN: 168
Year of manufacture:1947
Fatalities:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Mkwaya -   Tanzania
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Blantyre-Chileka Airport (BLZ/FWCL)
Destination airport:Dar es Salaam International Airport (DAR/HTDA)
The Viking, named "Shangani", disintegrated in flight after encountering a sudden gust of wind. It appeared that the type of grease used when fitting press fit bolts to the booms had caused corrosion nodes, thus weakening the lower starboard boom at the outboard bolt hole. The gust of wind caused a fracture of this boom outboard of Station 141, followed by the complete disintegration of the aircraft.



  • 41st worst accident in 1953
  • 12th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 7th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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