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Code Number:
F-BMCH, Vickers Viscount 724, Air Inter
Manufacturer: Vickers Armstrong Ltd
CN: 605-50
Built: 1955
Seats: 63
Engines: 4x Rolls-Royce Dart 506
Written off

Accident report:
Date: 27 OCT 1972
Time: ca 19:20
Crew: Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers: Fatalities: 55 / Occupants: 63
Total: Fatalities: 60 / Occupants: 68
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location: 4 km (2.5 mls) W of NoirĊ½table (France)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature: Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport: Lyon-Bron Airport (LYN) (LYN/LFLY), France
Destination airport: Clermont-Ferrand-Aulnat Airport (CFE) (CFE/LFLC), France
Flight number: 696

Air Inter flight 696 departed Lyon for a night time flight to Clermont-Ferrand. It was raining in the area of Clermont-Ferrand, the visibility was around 5 miles with a low 4/8 ceiling at 2300 feet and an overcast at 8000 feet. Near Clermont-Ferrand, the crew had to fly a holding pattern before being cleared to descend to 3600 feet. Then the airplane's radio compass shifted 180-degrees, probably because electrical discharges in the rainfall blocked the signals of the Clermont-Ferrand NDB. The crew initiated their descent too early and the Viscount collided with a mountain (Pic du Picon) at 1000 feet, 44km east of the airport.
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