MaxAvSafety: This Day in History; Strike- Vickers Vicount, an unlucky bird

MaxSez: This is a continuation of a Saturday series of historic crashes with loss of life. The Vicount had a checkered history with 120 hull losses. This aircraft still operates in small numbers in the 3 world. The last commercial loss was in 2003.

Date: Tuesday 26 August 1980
Time: 06:29
Type: Vickers 812 Viscount
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Operating for: Bouraq Indonesia Airlines
Leased from: Far Eastern Air Transport - FEAT
Registration: PK-IVS
C/n / msn: 353
First flight: 1958
Total airframe hrs: 20659
Cycles: 17947
Crew: Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers: Fatalities: 31 / Occupants: 31
Total: Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 37
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location: 26 km (16.3 mls) NE of Jakarta-Kemayoran Airport (JKT) ( Indonesia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Banjarmasin-Sjamsudin Noor Airport (BDJ/WAOO), Indonesia
Destination airport: Jakarta-Kemayoran Airport (JKT), Indonesia
Narrative:
The Bouraq Viscount was operating on a flight from Banjarmasin to Jakarta. At 06:04 the crew issued a Mayday call, stating shuddering of the airplane. Air traffic control vectored a Fokker F-28 to intercept the plane. At 06:28 the F-28 crew noticed problems with the right elevator and stated that the plane was falling to the left. After separation of the right elevator the Viscount crew lost control. It impacted the ground inverted, about 25° nose down relative to the ground and with its port wing low.
Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: The cause of this accident was the in-flight fracture of the spigot in the elevator tab circuit. This part had exceeded the 12 000 flight hours retirement life by 21 000 hrs resulting in a life of 33.000 hrs.

(AvSafNet/ Photo Public Domaine)

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