G-AGZB Douglas DC-3
A somewhat washed out photograph
of a BEA DC-3 (probably taken by F/Lt D.A.S. Mckay
circa 1947) from the Jennifer Gradidge collection. A former RAF
Dakota III (FZ624),
civilianized in 1946 for Railway Air Services. It passed to BEA
in 1947, and was converted
"Pionair" standard by Scottish Aviation of Prestwick in the
1950s. It then passed to cut rate
operator Channel Airways. On 6 May 1962 the
aircraft was flying from Jersey to Portsmouth.
over the south coast of England dense fog was encountered (even though
and clear at the point of departure). The captain had
descended to 1000 feet while
approaching Portsmouth in low clouds and drizzle. G-AGZB impacted cloud
shrouded St. Boniface
Down, crashed and burst into flames. Twelve of the 17 passenger
and crew aboard perished.
Pilot error was given as the cause of
the accident. A plaque has been erected at the crash site.