Accident description
Last updated: 24 November 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 25 July 1953
Type:de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-ALYR
C/n / msn: 06004
First flight: 1951
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 42
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU) (   India)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:Delhi-Safdarjung Airport (VIDD), India
Narrative:
Because taxi lights were too dim to use at night, the crew had to use the landing lights while taxiing. Both lights had to be alternated left and right to avoid a meltdown by using a switch behind the captains seat. In a left hand turn the captain took his left hand off the steering wheel to select another landing light. The steering centered, and then the aircraft right wheel bogies ran off the paved surface. Engine power was applied on the two right engines, causing the bogie struts to be forced up and into the wing structure causing much damage.

Sources:
» The Indian Express - Jul 26, 1953


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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 Networkĺs 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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