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Last updated: 5 December 2021
Date:Monday 30 October 1961
Time:17:48 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic VISC model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Vickers 736 Viscount
Operator:British United Airways - BUA
Registration: G-AODH
MSN: 78
First flight: 1955
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA) (   Germany)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Berlin (unknown airport), Germany
Destination airport:Frankfurt International Airport (FRA/EDDF), Germany
Visibility was poor when the Viscount approached Frankfurt. During a missed approach, the plane struck the ground alongside runway 25 and rolled to stop.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The pilot-in-command, during the ILS approach, flew below the critical height and, in a surface visibility which was inadequate, struck the ground alongside the runway. It is probable hat a contributing factor was that at the critical moment the assistance given by the co-pilot to the pilot-in-command was erroneous and misleading."


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