Accident
Last updated: 19 April 2014
Estado:Final
Fecha:sábado 2 mayo 1953
Hora:ca 16:35
Tipo:de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1
Operador:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registración: G-ALYV
Numéro de série: 06008
Año de Construcción: 1952
Horas Totales de la Célula:1649
Motores: 4 de Havilland Ghost 50 Mark I
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 6 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 37 / Ocupantes: 37
Total:Fatalidades: 43 / Ocupantes: 43
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:32 km (20 milles) NW of Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) (   India) show on map
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Delhi-Safdarjung Airport (VIDD), India
Número de Vuelo:783/057
Descripción:
A de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1 passenger plane, operated by BOAC, was destroyed in an accident near Calcutta, India. All 43 on board were killed.
The airplane operated on a return flight from London, UK to Singapore.
On its return leg from Singapore it landed at Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport at 15:10 hrs local time. Intermediate stops were made at Bangkok and Rangoon before arriving at Calcutta.
The flight took off from runway 19L at 15:29 and was cleared to climb under Visual Flight Rules and report when passing 7500 feet. The aircraft encountered a severe squall with thunderstorm shortly after take-off when climbing to its cruising altitude, and suffered structural failure in the air which caused fire. The pilots lost control and the Comet crashed.


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."

Fuentes:
» CIVIL AIRCRAFT ACCIDENT Report of the Court Investigation on the Accident to COMET G-ALYV on 2nd May, 1953


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Distance from Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport to Delhi-Safdarjung Airport as the crow flies is 1297 km (811 miles).

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