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A twin propeller engined passenger plane come to rest on railway tracks

A twin propeller engined passenger plane come to rest on railway tracks

Date: Sunday 9 October 1960
Time: 12:47 UTC
Type: Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV
Operator: Falcon Airways
Registration: G-ALDC
C/n / msn: HP.81/4
First flight: 1949
Total airframe hrs: 17183

Crew: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 71
Total: Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 76

Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair

Location: Southend Municipal Airport (SEN) (United Kingdom)
Phase: Landing (LDG)

Nature: Int’l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Barcelona-El Prat Airport (BCN/LEBL), Spain
Destination airport: Southend Municipal Airport (SEN/EGMC), United Kingdom

Narrative: The Hermes plane returned from a charter flight to Spain when it landed at Southend and overran the runway. The plane struck an earth bank adjacent to the airport boundary. Contact with this bank broke the nose wheel strut from its upper attachment. The plane came to rest on an adjoining railway track.

Probable Cause: “The accident was due to the aircraft aquaplaning during part of the landing run. The low frictional values during this condition prevented the captain from obtaining effective braking.”

Classification: Runway excursion

» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1960 / CAA
» Air Pictorial Oct. 1965, p.371

Report from Aviation Safety Network