70 Years ago today: On 12 March 1950 a Fairflight Avro Tudor V crashed on approach to Llandow (UK), killing 80 out of 83 occupants.
|Date:||Sunday 12 March 1950|
|Type:||Avro 689 Tudor 5|
|C/n / msn:||1417|
|Engines:||4 Rolls-Royce Merlin 621|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 78|
|Total:||Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 83|
|Aircraft fate:||Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||near Llandow ( United Kingdom)|
|Nature:||Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland|
|Destination airport:||Llandow RAF Station, United Kingdom|
Avro Tudor G-AKBY was chartered for a return flight from Llandow, Wales to Dublin (DUB), Ireland. The passengers attended a rugby match between the teams of Ireland and Wales.
While on final approach to Llandow’s runway 28 there was a slight tendency to undershoot. When 800 yards from the runway and at a height of 150 feet there was an additional use of power followed by the sudden application of full throttle. The aircraft rose steeply to 300 feet attaining a nose-up attitude of 35 degrees to the vertical. The aircraft then stalled and crashed into a field 2500 feet short of the runway.
PROBABLE CAUSE: “The loading conditions of the aircraft which gave a centre of gravity position too far aft and outside the limit in the relevant Certificate of Airworthiness and therefor insuffucient elevator control under conditions of low speed and acute instability.”