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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 24 August 2016
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Date:Sunday 4 March 1956
Type:Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV
Operator:Skyways
Registration: G-ALDW
C/n / msn: HP.81/23
First flight: 1950
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Nicosia Airport (NIC) (   Cyprus)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Cyprus
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
An explosion occurred in the forward freight compartment while the airplane was on the ground at Nicosia.
The explosion occurred 20 minutes before the aircraft was due to depart for the United Kingdom with 68 passengers.


Classification:
Sabotage

Sources:
» Flight, 16 March 1956
» Air Pictorial Oct. 1965, p.371


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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.
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