63 Years ago today: On 1 May 1957 an Eagle Aviation Vickers Viking crashed into Star Hill, UK, killing 34 out of 35 occupants.

Date: Wednesday 1 May 1957
Time: 21:20 UTC
Type: Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operator: Eagle Aviation Ltd.
Registration: G-AJBO
C/n / msn: 241
First flight: 1947-09-09 (9 years 8 months)
Total airframe hrs: 488
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 30
Total: Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 35
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: Star Hill (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Blackbushe Airport (BBS/EGLK), United Kingdom
Destination airport: Tripoli-Idris Airport (TIP/HLLT), Libya

Viking G-AJBO was on a trooping flight to Idris, Libya when it took off from Blackbushe (BBS) at 21:14 UTC. Two minutes after takeoff the crew reported .. “a port engine failure I am making a left-hand circuit to come in again”. When the aircraft was turning to finals, at 1200yds from the threshold, the left wingtip struck the ground and the aircraft crashed inverted in a wood and caught fire.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: “The failure of the captain to maintain height and a safe flying speed when approaching to land on one engine after the failure (or suspected failure) of the port engine for reasons unknown.”