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January 5, 1969 Gatwick Airport, London, England Ariana Afghan Airlines, Flight 701 Boeing B-727-113C YA-FAR The aircraft descended below the glide slope and crashed into trees and a house short of the runway killing 50 of 65 aboard and 2 on the ground. Incorrect setting of flaps and  instruments.

LAC = London Airways Control

GA = Gatwick Approach

??= unknown. 

CPT = Captain 

F/O = First Officer

F/E = Flight Engineer

[RT] = Radio transmission

01.13 LAC: Gatwick's runway visual range is 100 meters ... er ... confirm your point of landing now.
CPT: 
[RT]
Roger, we are trying ... er ... to Gatwick, we'll see later.
LAC: 701. I didn't get that. Again, please.
CPT: 
[RT]
I say again ... er ... we are trying in Gatwick, 701.
LAC: [asks 701 to maintain height and course to Mayfield beacon and then on to Gatwick]
LAC: Gatwick visual range is 100 meters.
LAC: [says that Runway 27 is the Runway to be used]
CPT: 
[RT]
Gatwick. The runway 27.
01.20 LAC: [gives permission to descend to 8,000ft ]
01.23 LAC: 701, London. I just checked Gatwick. The runway remains ... the range remains at ... er ... 100 meters and there's no sign of improvement at the moment.
CPT:
[RT]
We'll try Gatwick ... er ... if we cannot make it at Gatwick will it be OK if we go to Heathrow?
LAC: [acknowledges the question and clears the flight to 5,000ft with a direct course to Mayfield beacon]
01.27 GA: Gatwick weather - surface wind is calm. Met visibility is five zero 50 meters in freezing fog. Runway visual range is equal to 100 one zero zero meters. Temperature is -3.
CPT: 
[RT]
[acknowledges runway number and barometric pressure]
GA: Er ... 701, do you wish to make an approach?
CPT: 
[RT]
That's affirmative.
GA: [clears 701 down to 2,000ft]
CPT: It's ground fog, not air fog.
??: Yeah, once you get in it you have to be very fucking slick.
F/E: I suppose it'll be known as freezing fog, not moving.
GA: [directs 701 for a runway course]
CPT: Alter course.
CPT: What's the minimum?
F/O: Minimum?
CPT: Yeah.
F/O: Gatwick ....er, minimum two hundred [cloud base] and a half mile [visual range].
CPT: Two hundred and a half.
CPT: What's the sea level? We don't see the ...
GA: 701 ... er ... in event of an overshot will you be wishing to go back to Mayfield or proceed to London?
CPT:
[RT]
Er ... proceed to Mayfield then proceed to London, 701.
01.29 LAC : [tells 701 that they're at 13 DME]
CPT: Flaps two.
CPT: Flaps five.
F/O: Outer marker number one identified.
F/O: Roger, put flaps one five.
F/O: 
[RT]
[tells approach that 701 is established on the localizer]
GA: [clears 701 to descend from 2,000ft]
GA: In the event of ... er ... overshoot, climb on runway heading to 2,000ft.
CPT: What is the flap?
F/O: Flaps at fifteen ... glideslope alive.
CPT: Gear down.
F/O: Gear is coming down.
F/O: What's that red light?
CPT: Yeah, that's the light at the end of 09. [it was actually a hazard warning light on top of a hill short of the runway]
F/O: [asks the engineer if the stabilizer out of trim warning light went on and to set the bug points on the airspeed indicator to 114kts and 124kts]
F/E: V Ref set at 114 at your side.
F/O: 124 set.
F/E: Anti skid five releases.
F/O: Gear down and three green lights.
01.32 F/E: Stand by for the flaps
F/E: [says that flaps should have been going to 25 and 40 degrees]
GA: [gives 701 clearance to land]
GA: Runway visual range still 100 meters.
GA: [acknowledges 701 over the outer marker]
CPT: Flaps three zero.
CPT: Three zero coming down.
01.33 F/O: Four hundred feet.
CPT: Four hundred feet?
F/O: Yes, we have four hundred feet.
[Sound of full power being applied]
F/O: We're finished!

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