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Crash of a Vickers 491 Viking 1A in Effingham

Accident description

  • Apr 23, 1946 at 1715 LT
  • G-AGOK
  • Flight
  • Test
  • Yes
  • Plain
  • Wisley - Wisley
  • 1/101
  • 1945
  • Effingham, Surrey
  • UK
  • Europe
  • 4
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • 0
  • The crew left Wisley Airfield at 1705LT on a local test flight on this first prototype, in accordance to the certification program. Five minutes after takeoff, while cruising at an altitude of 1,000 feet, the crew willingly shut down the right engine. Four minutes later, the left engine encountered technical problems and failed. Unable to maintain a safe altitude, the captain decided to attempt an emergency landing and the airplane crash landed in a field located in Effingham, about 2 miles southeast of the Wisley Airfield. While all four crew members were uninjured, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair. This was the first mishap involving a Vickers Viking.
  • The cause of the left engine failure was certainly due to the cutting off of the fuel supply.