Crash of a Socata TBM-900 in Fairoaks

Date & Time: Oct 15, 2016 at 0835 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
M-VNTR
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Douglas - Fairoaks
MSN:
1097
YOM:
2016
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a positioning flight to Fairoaks from Douglas (Isle of Man) to pick up a passenger. After landing, the single engine aircraft failed to stop properly, overran, went through a soft ground, lost its undercarriage and came to rest 100 yards past the runway end. Both crew members were slightly injured while the aircraft was seriously damaged. Brand new, it was delivered last September.

Crash of a Beechcraft Super King Air 200 in Newnan: 2 killed

Date & Time: Dec 4, 2003 at 1940 LT
Registration:
N85BK
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Douglas-Newnan
MSN:
BB-0734
YOM:
1981
Location:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Captain / Total flying hours:
1248
Aircraft flight hours:
9864
Circumstances:
During a night approach in low ceiling (150 to 200 feet), the twin engine aircraft hit trees and crashed in a wooded area located one mile short of runway 32. The aircraft was destroyed and both pilot killed.

Crash of a Piper PA-31 Navajo Chieftain in Liverpool: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jun 14, 2000 at 0954 LT
Operator:
Registration:
G-BMBC
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Douglas-Liverpool
MSN:
31-7952172
YOM:
1979
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Captain / Total flying hours:
18000

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander in Ainsdale

Date & Time: Aug 21, 1987 at 0530 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-BLDX
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Manchester – Douglas
MSN:
2181
YOM:
1983
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
11792
Captain / Total hours on type:
17.00
Circumstances:
A Britten-Norman BN-2B-27 Islander sustained substantial damage in a forced landing on a Merseyside beach. The airplane was to carry mail on an early morning service from Manchester Airport (MAN) to Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man. The commander arrived at the aircraft at about 03:45 hrs in the morning. As it was dark, the internal checks were done in normal cockpit lighting and, having completed the usual preflight administration, he was ready to start engines at about 04:50 hrs. The aircraft took off at 05:09 hrs, on a Special Visual Flight Rules Clearance, turned right onto a northwesterly heading, and climbed to an initial cruising altitude of 1000 feet. Just prior to crossing the coast, as conditions were conducive to the formation of carburettor icing, the commander selected HOT air on both engines for 30 seconds. At this stage the aircraft was cruising at an altitude of 2000 feet at between 120 and 130 knots with both engines set at 24 inches manifold pressure and 2300 revolutions per minute. When the aircraft was about 2 nautical miles out to sea, the port engine appeared to surge and then stopped. Shortly afterwards, the starboard engine did the same thing. At 05:28 hrs the commander informed Liverpool Approach that he had a problem and was going to attempt a forced landing at Woodvale Airfield. Having turned back towards the shore, the commander selected the TIP/MAIN switch to TIP and reduced the indicated airspeed to about 65 kt in the descent. The aircraft did not reach Woodvale and a forced landing was carried out on the beach. It was while the commander was making the aircraft safe that he noticed that the main fuel cock selectors were positioned such that both engines had been feeding from the right fuel tank. Both fuel cocks were then selected to OFF and, when the shutdown had been completed, the commander vacated the aircraft uninjured. The aircraft had landed on flat sand, but had struck a soft patch; this had resulted in the collapse of the nose and right main undercarriage, and damage to the nose and the wing centre section. Recovery attempts by local services had severely damaged the tailplane and had probably caused the sideway failure of the left undercarriage. The aircraft was totally submerged during the subsequent high tide. Examination of the aircraft, before it was recovered from the beach, showed no evidence of any pre-impact failure in the engine or flying controls. The fuel state was approximately 289 litres with the right main tank empty.
Probable cause:
Double engine failure caused by a fuel exhaustion as the fuel selector was positioned on an empty tank. 289 liters of fuel remained in other tanks at the time of the accident.
Final Report:

Crash of a Britten-Norman BN-2A Trislander III-1 in Hale

Date & Time: Feb 9, 1987 at 0906 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-OCME
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Liverpool – Douglas
MSN:
262
YOM:
1971
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Captain / Total flying hours:
1800
Captain / Total hours on type:
130.00
Circumstances:
The aircraft was engaged upon a contracted freight (mail) flight, from Liverpool to the Isle of Man, U.K, and was planned to depart Liverpool at 07:29 hrs. Prior to departure the fuel gauges indicated between 80 and 85 Imperial Gallons (IG). As the required fuel for the planned flight was 82 IG, the aircraft was not refuelled. After an uneventful flight, made a radar approach to runway 09 at the Ronaldsway-Isle of Man Airport. Having failed to see the runway by decision height, 460 feet, the commander carried out a go-around procedure and returned to the VOR approach beacon before departing on course to the selected diversion. Considering the wind, the pilot made a return to Liverpool (86 nm) instead of the planned diversion airfield of to Valley RAF Station (51 nm). When abeam the Wallasey VOR, 15 nm from Liverpool airport, the aircraft was positioned, by radar, downwind for an approach to runway 27. As the aircraft turned onto the final approach path, the right engine lost power but. The pilot did not feather the propeller, in the belief that the engine was still producing some power. As the rate of descent increased, he applied full throttle to all three engines but, despite this and the selection of the speed necessary to achieve the optimum climb rate, the aircraft continued to descend at a rate which made a landing considerably short of the runway inevitable. The commander made a truncated MAYDAY call and firmly placed the aircraft in a convenient open field below and slightly to the north of the normal approach path. The accident site was a low lying field of winter crop that was subject to tidal flooding. Approximately halfway across the field there was a 2.4 metre wide by 2.4 metre deep drainage ditch, which ran at 45 degrees to the direction of travel of the aircraft. The initial touchdown was some 76 metres to the east of the ditch, on a heading of 270 degrees magnetic. Just after initial touchdown, the right main landing gear failed rearwards and the aircraft continued on its nose and left landing gear, until a collision with an embankment bordering the ditch caused the remaining landing gears to collapse. The aircraft finally came to rest with its fuselage in the drainage ditch, supported by the wings which were resting on the embankments either side.
Probable cause:
Examination of the flight profile, and associated flight times, showed that all the fuel aboard the aircraft would have been consumed and, therefore, the likely reason for the lack of response to full throttle, when the right engine failed, was a previous or simultaneous failure of the centre engine due to fuel starvation.
Final Report:

Crash of a Rockwell Aero Commander 560A in Glenrock: 6 killed

Date & Time: Feb 19, 1978 at 2020 LT
Registration:
N2639B
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Casper - Douglas
MSN:
560-307
YOM:
1956
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
6
Captain / Total flying hours:
3485
Captain / Total hours on type:
23.00
Circumstances:
While flying in marginal weather conditions (low ceiling, snow and icing conditions), both engines lost power. The pilot elected to divert to the nearest airport but the airplane lost height and eventually collided with terrain. The wreckage was found a day later. A passenger was seriously injured while six other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Controlled collision with ground due to inadequate preflight preparation and planning on part of the pilot-in-command. The following contributing factors were reported:
- Initiated flight in adverse weather conditions,
- Attempted operation with known deficiencies in equipment,
- Ice induction,
- Low ceiling,
- Snow,
- Icing conditions, sleet, freezing rain,
- Conditions conducive to carburetor/induction system icing,
- Partial loss of power on both engines,
- Later recovered,
- No record of weather briefing received,
- Forced landing off airport on land,
- Zero visibility,
- Blowing snow,
- Recovered a day later.
Final Report:

Crash of a Vickers 701 Viscount in Liverpool: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 20, 1965 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AMOL
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Douglas - Liverpool
MSN:
25
YOM:
1953
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Aircraft flight hours:
20694
Circumstances:
Viscount G-AMOL departed Ronaldsway at 16:49 for a flight to Liverpool. The flight was made at flight level 70 and at 17:08 hours the aircraft was identified by Liverpool radar over Wallasey and positioned for a PPI continuous descent radar approach to runway 26. Half a mile from touchdown the radar approach was completed and the aircraft was then seen (on radar) to be just discernibly to the right of the centreline. No radio messages were received from the aircraft after the start of the talk-down. At 550 metres from the threshold, it was estimated to be at a height between 30 and 60 metres and about 40 metres to the right of the centre line. At this point witnesses saw the aircraft bank and turn to the right. The fuselage was level and the aircraft was banked almost vertically for part of the turn. When heading in approximately the opposite direction to the runway it rolled on to its back and crashed into the roof of a factory about 365 metres to the right of the extended centre line of the runway and about 550 metres from the threshold. After penetrating the roof, the aircraft had struck a heavy steel girder which had caused it to tip "tail-over-nose". It had then come to rest the right way up on the floor of the workshop with the tail resting on the steel roof trusses. An intense fire broke out which consumed almost the whole structure of the fuselage. Both crew members and two employees of the factory were killed.
Probable cause:
The aircraft went out of control during the final stage of an approach to land but the reason for this has not been determined.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 21 in Douglas

Date & Time: Jun 30, 1962
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AGVC
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
12732
YOM:
1946
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On touchdown at Douglas-Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man, one of the main landing gear collapsed. The airplane sank on runway and came to rest. There were no injuries but the aircraft was written off.
Probable cause:
Undercarriage collapsed on landing.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.104 Devon C.1 near Largs

Date & Time: Jun 3, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VP969
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Douglas - Abbotsinch
MSN:
04222
YOM:
1948
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
En route from the Isle of Man to RAF Abbotsinch, the twin engine aircraft encountered heavy turbulences, went out of control and crashed on the slope of a mountain. The pilot F/Lt Barney Barclay was injured and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Bristol 170 Freighter 21 at Winter Hill: 35 killed

Date & Time: Feb 27, 1958 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AICS
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Site:
Schedule:
Douglas – Manchester
MSN:
12762
YOM:
1946
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
39
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
35
Circumstances:
The aircraft, operated by Manx Airlines Ltd, took off at 0915LT from Ronaldsway Airport, Isle of Man, on a flight to Ringway Airport, Manchester. It carried 39 passengers and a crew of 3. At approximately 0945LT the aircraft crashed near the summit of Winter Hill, killing 35 of the 42 persons aboard. All five crew members survived but were seriously injured. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact.
Probable cause:
The accident was attributed to the error of the first officer in tuning the radio compass on Oldham Beacon Instead of on Wigan Beacon. A contributory cause was the failure of the captain to check that the radio compass was tuned on the correct beacon.
Final Report: