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Criminal Occurrence
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Estado:Final
Fecha:jueves 13 abril 1950
Tipo:Vickers 610 Viking 1B
Operador:British European Airways - BEA
Registración: G-AIVL
Numéro de série: 225
Año de Construcción: 1947
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 28
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 32
Daños en la Aeronave: Considerable
Consecuencias: Repaired
Ubicación:48 km (30 milles) S of Hastings (   Reino Unido)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:London-Northolt Airport (NHT/EGWU), Reino Unido
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Paris (unknown airport), Francia
Descripción:
En route over the Channel, a explosion occurred in the rear of the plane, seriously injuring the flight attendant. The explosion caused an 8 feet high and 4 feet wide hole in the fuselage. Without rudder and most elevator control the captain, presuming a lightning strike, returned to Northolt where he made a safe landing. A French passenger was suspected of making a suicide attempt. The airplane, named "Vigilant" was repaired and entered service again on October 4, 1950.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The damage to the aircraft was a result of an explosion of an infernal machine in the toilet compartment. The probable location of this destructive agent was in the used paper towel receptacle."

Fuentes:
» ICAO Circular 18-AN/15 (51-52)


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