Avro 685 York C.1
In 1957 Middle East Airlines acquired several
(three, I think) Avro Yorks for freight duties.
had been around the block. It was built as RAF York C.1 TS793 and
for BOAC as G-AGNP. It was seconded to South African Airways for
a while as
ZS-BRA and was
then back in service as WW509 (Berlin Airlift?). Civilianized
again, it was
Air Liban as OD-ABT. After a refurbishing (again as G-AGNP) it
went to MEAC.
On 15 March 1963 OD-ACZ was carrying out a freight flight from Beirut to Tehran via Kuwait.
Kuwait-Tehran leg of the flight several test maneuvers were carried out
by a check pilot
examining the pilot in command and co-pilot for renewal of their
licenses. On leaving
05:30 GMT, the crew did not report when 25 miles out as requested, and
aircraft had crashed 16 miles W of the airport.
Investigation indicated that the no. 4
had been powered down at the time and that, whilst in this condition,
the no.3 engine
problems. In view of the fact that the fully loaded
aircraft was flying at a low altitude
off from Mehrabad Airport which has an elevation of 3900 feet, it is
evident that at
aircraft would not have had sufficient altitude for the pilot to take
effective recovery action and
so avoid a
crash resulting from the above mentioned loss-of-power
conditions. On the image
cannot positively ascertain the identity of this machine so I will
append it to OD-ACZ.
however, illustrate the "Cedars of Lebanon" nose treatment quite