1951 Ringway Dakota accident

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1951 Ringway Dakota accident
Accident summary
Date 27 March 1951
Summary Icing leading to mechanical failure
Site Ringway Airport, Manchester, England
53°21′47″N 2°15′43″W / 53.363°N 2.262°W / 53.363; -2.262Coordinates: 53°21′47″N 2°15′43″W / 53.363°N 2.262°W / 53.363; -2.262
Passengers 3
Crew 3
Injuries (non-fatal) 2
Fatalities 4
Survivors 2
Aircraft type Douglas Dakota 3
Operator Air Transport Charter[1]
Registration G-AJVZ
Flight origin Ringway, Manchester, England
Destination Nutts Corner Airport, Antrim, Northern Ireland

On 27 March 1951 a Douglas Dakota 3 cargo aircraft registered G-AJVZ operated by Air Transport Charter en route from Ringway Airport, Manchester, England, to Nutts Corner Airport, Antrim, Northern Ireland, crashed shortly after take-off following the failure of the aircraft to gain height. There were four fatalities, two of the three crew on board and two of the three passengers.


The Dakota was a flight carrying newspapers from Ringway to Nutts Corner. On take off in falling snow, it swung to port, failed to climb, and struck a tree half a mile from the end of the runway. Both pilots were killed.[2]


C-47 Skytrain/Dakota

The subsequent investigation found that the crash resulted from a loss of engine power caused by ice formation in the carburettor intakes attributable to the captain's failure to make use of the heat controls. The extended undercarriage and the presence of snow on the wings may have also been contributory factors.[2][3]


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