Date & Time: Feb 27, 1958 at 0945 LT
Type of aircraft:
Bristol 170 Freighter
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Douglas – Manchester
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
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.
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.