Unfallbericht:The aircraft took off from Calcutta at 15:59 for a flight to Delhi. Six minutes later the Comet crashed in flames.
|Datum:||Samstag 2 Mai 1953|
|Flugzeugtyp:||de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1|
|Fluggesellschaft:||British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 6|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 37 / Insassen: 37|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 43 / Insassen: 43 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||32 km (20 Meilen) NW of Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) (Indien)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Flug von:||Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), Indien|
|Flug nach:||Delhi-Safdarjung Airport (VIDD), Indien|
G-ALYV operated on a service from Singapore to London. Intermediate stops were made at Bangkok and Rangoon before arriving at Calcutta.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure of the airframe during flight through a thunder squall. In the opinion of the Court, the structural failure was due to overstressing which resulted from either:- (1) Severe gusts encountered in the thunder squall, or (2) Overcontrolling or loss of control by the pilot when flying through the thunderstorm."
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport to Delhi-Safdarjung Airport as the crow flies is 1297 km (811 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.