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Air Ferry DC-4 Crash 3 June 1967

Old 7th Feb 2021, 09:07
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Annie & Henry Smith

Originally Posted by ozsmac View Post
Just adding my personal connection to this thread, Annie and Henry Smith were my Mothers parents, and from the stories I've heard would have been wonderful grandparents to my brother and I.
Poor Mum lost them to this tragedy when she was 18, and this incident still leaves a very noticeable daily impact upon our family, and no doubt many others.
Thanks for you most kindly updating your Grandparents names - Annie & Henry Smith.
I'm very sorry to learn of your family's loss.

Now trying to find your extended family must be quite a trial too - is this the thread here your refer ?
Air Ferry DC-4 Crash 3 June 1967
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Are your Grandparents buried at Brookwood do you know?

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Old 7th Feb 2021, 13:37
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Rog all the flights quoted were controlled flights into terrain which was an endemic problem with British airlines.
Three more CFIT accidents
Winter hill Lancashire 1958, Silver City Bristol Freighter
Stavanger Norway 1961,Cunard Eagle Viking
Ventnor Isle of Wight 1962, Channel Airways 1962.
The accidents you quoted were both when the pilots were innocent victims of circumstances beyond their control
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 15:51
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Lost a viscount in the early 70s on an airtest out of glasgow to iirc.
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Old 7th Feb 2021, 16:21
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Forgot about that one.
last major CFIT accident was Dan-Air Tenerife 1980
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Old 9th Feb 2021, 13:22
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I just want to say thanks

I have read your mail and I reckon it is a bit pointless bothering you with my problem, I was hoping someone would see it who knew I was talking about but I will keep looking and it may happen. I knew it was a long shot.
Thanks again stay safe CRUISMAD
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Old 10th Feb 2021, 17:49
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Hi. There is a report in the book "Last of the Pistons", search online. Also, on google you will find a transcript of the Enquiry written in French, plus photos of some parts still on the mountain near the village of Py, in the Pyrenees. The accident was deemed as caused by a faulty Janitrol hot air heater in the cockpit, probably rusted, and the crew were critically disorientated/intoxicated by the fumes thereby losing their way. Six of my friends from Hull lost their lives, two being buried in a mass grave at Brookwood Cemetery in Surrey. The flight had departed from Manston Airport.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 13:10
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I read your message and I do appreciate what you are doing to help.
My Aunt and Uncle were both killed in this crash Air Ferry DC-4 in 1967. I remember the day my dad (Henry's brother} was given the message to the crash. It was Sunday I believe and we were all in the Kitchen when a knock at the door was whoever came to see Dad. Dad was in a terrible mess but time does heal a bit.
My mum said that they went to the funeral in a mass grave in Surrey and there was one tiny coffin among the rest.
As I said before I was trying to find out where my cousin is now. She used to live in Sunderland.
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 13:39
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Hi. There is a report in the book "Last of the Pistons", search online[/QUOTE]

Do you mean twilight of the pistons?
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Old 11th Feb 2021, 14:17
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Yes he does. Excellent book.
for the official report google baaa-acro.com G-APYK
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Old 12th Feb 2021, 21:24
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If it's any slight consolation, I consider that the two accidents of the Air Ferry DC4 and British Midland C4 together forced the UK charter airlines to modernise their fleets and move to jet equipment. At the time, there was much press comment about "piston engined charter aircraft" and within 2/3 years most of the holiday airlines had ordered or introduced jets into their fleets. You often saw, in the late 60s/early 70s holiday brochures that emphasised jet travel.
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