Thursday 23 November 2017

Irish aviation disasters since 1940s

Paul Melia

Paul Melia

June 23, 1985 329 killed

THERE were no survivors after a bomb exploded on board an Air India flight travelling from Montreal to London. It crashed into the sea 176kms off the coast of Cork.

March 24,1968 61 killed

AER Lingus Flight 712 flying from Cork to London crashed into the sea off Tuskar Rock in Co Wexford, killing all 61 aboard. It was the single biggest loss in domestic Irish aviation history.

The plane, a Vickers Viscount 803, left Cork shortly after 10.30am and the last message from the crew, 30 minutes after take-off, was that it was rapidly losing altitude and spinning.

Speculation it was shot down by a British missile was discounted when the investigation was reopened in 2000. It stated the crash had possibly been caused by structural failure, corrosion or a bird strike.

February 26, 1960 34 killed

AN Alitalia flight bound for New York crashed shortly after take-off from Shannon Airport after losing power. The four-engine propeller DC-7 aircraft lost height rapidly about a mile from the airport, and crashed through the old Clonloghan graveyard before coming to rest in a nearby field. The explosion was heard 17 miles away. No probable cause discovered.

September 5, 1954 28 killed

A KLM Super Constellation en route to New York crashed into mud flats on the River Shannon just 30 seconds after take-off.

The alarm was raised when a crew member staggered into Shannon Airport, covered in mud. The captain was blamed for failing to interpret his instruments correctly.

August 15, 1949 8 killed

A TRANSOCEAN Air Lines DC-4 was travelling from Rome to Shannon but over-flew the airport before running out of fuel and crashing into the sea seven miles northwest of Lurga Point.

The aircraft remained afloat for about 15 minutes, during which time the crew and passengers got on life rafts. A British trawler rescued most aboard, but seven passengers and one crew member died.

April 15, 1948 30 killed

PAN American's Lockheed Constellation was en route from London to Shannon when it crashed into a stone fence short of the runway.

The investigation revealed a light showing flight instruments had broken, but was not repaired because of a shortage of spare parts, meaning the pilot could not accurately gauge the altitude of the aircraft.

December 28, 1946 9 killed

A TWA Lockheed Constellation en route from Paris crash-landed at Shannon Airport after rapidly losing 150 feet of altitude on approach. An instrument error was given as the primary cause of the crash,

Irish Independent

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