Crash of a Vickers 498 Viking 1A in Tarbes

Date & Time: May 29, 1960
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AHOR
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
118
YOM:
1946
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
27
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a charter flight to Tarbes, carrying pilgrims for Lourdes. On approach, the visibility was limited due to low clouds and as the pilot was unable to locate the runway at the decision height, he decided to make a go around. Undercarriage were raised, engine power was increased and flaps were deployed accordingly. Few seconds later, as the runway was visible, the captain changed his mind and decided to land immediately. The aircraft belly landed and slid for 330 meters before coming to rest on the runway. All 30 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
The captain decided to land whereas the aircraft was in a 'go around' configuration. This caused the aircraft to land on its belly as the crew forgot to lower the gears.

Crash of a Vickers 635 Viking 1B in Agadir

Date & Time: Dec 22, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AMGG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Manchester – Agadir
MSN:
290
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
32
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing at Agadir Airport, the tire on the right main gear burst. The airplane swung for about 100 meters when the right main gear collapsed. The airplane came to rest on runway and was later considered as damaged beyond repair. None of the 36 occupants was injured.
Probable cause:
Tire burst and undercarriage collapsed on landing.

Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 1B off Tralicetu

Date & Time: Sep 5, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
F-BFDN
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Athens – Bastia
MSN:
248
YOM:
1948
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
While approaching the south coast of Corsica, the twin engine aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances into the sea off the village of Tralicetu. The aircraft sank and was lost while both pilots were able to swim to the beach.

Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 1B at El Palomar AFB

Date & Time: Aug 7, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
T-92
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
239
YOM:
1947
Country:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances at El Palomar AFB. There were no casualties.

Crash of a Vickers 614 Viking 1 in Southend

Date & Time: Jul 28, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AHPH
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
141
YOM:
1946
Location:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
36
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
On approach to Southend Airport while on a charter flight, the crew completed the approach check-list and noted that the green light connected to the right main gear was not ON. The crew elected to use the emergency gear extension system that failed so a landing was attempted on the grassy area parallel to the runway. On touchdown, the undercarriage collapsed and the airplane slid for several yards before coming to rest. All 39 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 1B in Kamershoek

Date & Time: Oct 17, 1958 at 1210 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
D-BELA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
London – Düsseldorf
MSN:
250
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew departed London-Heathrow Airport at 1001LT on a cargo flight to Düsseldorf, Germany. The flight proceeded normally until halfway roughly between Dover and Wulpen. At this time, at an altitude of 7,000 feet, the crew perceived some hiccups in the right engine. The boost fluctuated and the RPM varied /- 50 revolutions/min. The captain assumed that it was caused by icing, activated carburetor heaters and gave some brief shots of alcohol. After these actions the situation seemingly became normal. Just before reaching Wulpen, the right hand engine boost fell to 25". The oil pressure fell to 60 - 70 psi (normal pressure is 80 psi). The cylinder temperature was normal. The captain decided to shut down the engine and feather the prop. The crew contacted Brussels and were cleared to descend and divert to Brussels Airport. The pilot manoeuvred around some rain showers during the descent towards Brussels. At 11:55 local time the flight reported at 1500 feet, and almost at the Mackel beacon. The flight crew were not able to maintain altitude so the captain decided to restart the no. 2 engine. He instructed the copilot to carry out the restart. The copilot failed to use a checklist while performing the actions to restart the engine. A few minutes later the crew noticed that the right engine was on fire. Three fire extinguishing bottles were fired, but the fire was not contained. The captain then carried out an emergency descent. The airplane came down in a field next to the village of Kamershoek. It burst into flames after the three crew members exited the plane.
Source:
https://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19581017-1
Probable cause:
- The incident that led the captain to stop the right engine and feather the corresponding propeller has not been clarified.
- The captain could not maintain altitude on one engine in flight, while the AFM indicated that it was possible, especially as the aircraft was below its maximum weight. The fact of operating with the remaining engine at a boost of 33" and later 44" was allowed, while maintaining temperature, power was reduced below the required value.
- The restart of the engine without complying with the formal procedure sparked a fire that required the emergency landing.

Crash of a Vickers 621 Viking 1 in Southall: 7 killed

Date & Time: Sep 2, 1958 at 0632 LT
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
G-AIJE
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
London – Nice – Brindisi – Athens – Tel Aviv
MSN:
127
YOM:
1946
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
7
Captain / Total flying hours:
13000
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1000
Aircraft flight hours:
2319
Circumstances:
The Viking took off from London Airport at 0554 hours GMT with a crew of 3 for a flight to Nice, Brindisi, Athens and Tel Aviv. Fifteen minutes later the cap tain informed London Airport that he had engine trouble and wished to return to Blackbushe. During the return flight the aircraft initially maintained 7,000 feet. Clearance was given to descend to 3000 feet but the descent was apparently continued to 1,000 feet without informing control. Shortly afterwards the aircraft reported "having difficulty maintaining height" and six minutes later, at 0632LT, it crashed in Southall, about 3 miles from the airport. The aircraft was totally destroyed upon impact as well as several houses. All three crew members and four people on the ground were killed. Fifteen other people on the ground were injured.
Probable cause:
The aircraft was allowed to lose height and flying speed with the result that the pilot was no longer able to exercise asymmetric control. The conduct of the pilot and the whole course of events outlined were contributed to by the deliberate policy of this Company, which was to keep its aircraft in the air and gainfully employed regardless of the regulations or of the elementary requirements which should enjoin consideration for the conditions of working of its employees or the maintenance of its aircraft. Any responsibility of the captain is to be viewed in the light of his position as an employee upon whose shoulders an intolerable burden was placed. At the time of the accident, the airplane was overloaded and the captain was overduty as he had been on duty for 31 hours 30 minutes, a gross breach of Article 34E of the Order, since the maximum permissible flying duty period for a two-pilot crew is 16 hours.
Final Report:

Crash of a Vickers 628 Viking 1B in Port Said: 8 killed

Date & Time: Mar 7, 1958
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
SU-AGN
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Athens – Cairo
MSN:
196
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
22
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
While approaching Cairo Intl Airport following an uneventful flight from Athens, the crew was instructed by ATC to divert to Port-Said due to poor weather conditions at destination. The crew continued to Port-Said and on approach, the twin engine airplane went out of control and crashed into the Manzala Lake located few km from the airfield. All four crew members and four passengers were killed while 18 other occupants were injured.

Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 1B in Karachi

Date & Time: Nov 2, 1957
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
CR-IAD
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Goa – Karachi
MSN:
215
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
24
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Karachi-Quaid-e-Azam Airport, the airplane went out of control, veered off runway and collided with the fire brigade building. All 27 occupants were evacuated and the aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 1B in Palma de Majorca

Date & Time: Sep 26, 1957
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-ADEL
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Frankfurt – Palma de Majorca
MSN:
226
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
33
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
After touchdown at Palma Airport, the twin engine aircraft encountered difficulties to stop. It overran and struck a perimeter wall before coming to rest in an olive plantation. While all 37 occupants were evacuated safely, the aircraft was damaged beyond repair.