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Last updated: 4 December 2021
Date:Saturday 3 October 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 757 Viscount
Operator:Trans-Canada Air Lines - TCAL
Registration: CF-TGY
MSN: 143
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 34
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 38
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1 km (0.6 mls) E of Toronto-Malton Airport, ON (YYZ) (   Canada)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Winnipeg-Stevenson Aerodrome, MB (YWG/CYWG), Canada
Destination airport:Toronto-Malton Airport, ON (YYZ/CYYZ), Canada
The crew of the Vickers Viscount were carrying out an ILS backbeam approach at night to runway 23 at Toronto-Malton Airport. Visibility was poor due to heavy rain. The aircraft descended below MDA and struck the ground more than 3400 feet short of the runway threshold.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Misjudged distance."


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Distance from Winnipeg-Stevenson Aerodrome, MB to Toronto-Malton Airport, ON as the crow flies is 1493 km (933 miles).

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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