ASN Aircraft accident Douglas DC-6A G-APON Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB) 
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Last updated: 24 September 2022
Status:Preliminary - official
Date:Tuesday 15 January 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6A
Operator:Cunard Eagle Airways
Registration: G-APON
C/n / msn: 45058/662
First flight: 1956
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB) (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Aden International Airport (ADE/ODAA), Yemen
Destination airport:Colombo-Katunayake International Airport (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
The aircraft was engaged on a non-scheduled flight, carrying freight from London to Adelaide, via Aden and Colombo. During the landing run at Colombo-Katunayake Airport, Sri Lanka, a violent nosewheel shimmy developed, and the nose gear collapsed. The aircraft came to rest on the nose of the fuselage which was substantially damaged, as were the inboard engines and propellers.

Landing gear collapse
Runway mishap

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Distance from Aden International Airport to Colombo-Katunayake International Airport as the crow flies is 3842 km (2401 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.

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