Accident Vickers 610 Viking 1B G-AJDL, Monday 5 January 1953
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Date:Monday 5 January 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic vikg model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Owner/operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-AJDL
MSN: 262
Year of manufacture:1949
Fatalities:Fatalities: 27 / Occupants: 35
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport -   United Kingdom
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:London-Northolt Airport (NHT/EGWU)
Destination airport:Belfast-Nutts Corner Airport
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
The Viking aircraft "Lord St Vincent" crashed on approach to Belfast. It struck approach lights, an SBA van and the ILS building before breaking up.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The Inquiry found no indication of mechanical failure. The documentation of the aircraft was in order, the crew were properly qualified, and control procedures were correctly carried out. The Inquiry found that on the evidence available there existed such conditions as could properly be described as deceptive to the pilot and the conclusion was that the primary cause of the accident was an error of judgement on the part of the captain."


ICAO Circular 38-AN/33 (138-140)


  • 16th worst accident in 1953
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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