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Crash of a Vickers 610 Viking 3B on Mt Holteheia: 39 killed

Date & Time: Aug 9, 1961 at 1830 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-AHPM
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
London-Heathrow – Stavanger
MSN:
152
YOM:
1947
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
36
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
39
Captain / Total flying hours:
8000
Captain / Total hours on type:
3730.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1744
Copilot / Total hours on type:
262
Aircraft flight hours:
20885
Circumstances:
The aircraft was performing a charter flight from London-Heathrow to Stavanger, carrying 33 British students aged 14 and three teachers who were flying to Norway for a week study. While descending to Stavanger, the aircraft struck the slope of Mt Holteheia located 54 km northeast of the destination. The airplane was totally destroyed and there were no survivors.
Probable cause:
For reasons unknown, the aircraft deviated from the prescribed flight path.
Final Report: