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
Time: ca 14:50
Type: Avro 689 Tudor 5
Operator: Fairflight
Registration: G-AKBY
C/n / msn: 1417
First flight: 1947
Engines:Rolls-Royce Merlin 621
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 75 / Occupants: 78
Total: Fatalities: 80 / Occupants: 83
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: near Llandow (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Dublin Airport (DUB/EIDW), Ireland
Destination airport: Llandow RAF Station, United Kingdom

Narrative:
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:

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.”