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Last updated: 25 October 2021
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Datum:Samstag 18 Februar 1956
Zeit:12:23 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Avro 685 York C.1
Fluggesellschaft:Scottish Airlines
Kennzeichen: G-ANSY
Werknummer:
Baujahr: 1945
Triebwerk: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 5
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 45 / Insassen: 45
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 50 / Insassen: 50
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3,5 km (2.2 Meilen) S of Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malta)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malta
Flug nach:London-Stansted Airport (STN/EGSS), Großbritannien
Unfallbericht:
Avro York G-ANSY took off from Malta-Luqa Airport at 12:21 for a flight to London Stansted. Shortly after becoming airborne the boost enrichment capsule in the carburetor of the no. 1 engine failed, causing a fire in the engine. It is presumed that the engine stopped producing power after 30 seconds of flight. The propeller was not feathered as the aircraft slowly climbed to 700-800 feet amsl (300-400 feet agl) with a 'crabbing' or 'yawing' motion to the left. Shortly after retracting the flaps, while still in a nose up attitude at very low flying speed, the aircraft stalled and dove to the ground near the town of Zurrieq.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The failure of no. 1 engine. However, failure alone did not cause the accident which was caused by loss of speed and consequent loss of control through an error of judgement of the pilot."

Informationsquelle:
» ICAO Accident Digest No.8, Circular 54-AN/49 (41-49)


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Distance from Malta-Luqa Airport to London-Stansted Airport as the crow flies is 2094 km (1309 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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