Narrative:An explosion occurred in the forward freight compartment while the airplane was on the ground at Nicosia.
|Date:||Sunday 4 March 1956|
|Type:||Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV|
|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|
The explosion occurred 20 minutes before the aircraft was due to depart for the United Kingdom with 68 passengers.
» Flight, 16 March 1956
» Air Pictorial Oct. 1965, p.371
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.