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Last updated: 22 October 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:jeudi 12 octobre 1967
Heure:ca. 03:25
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4
Compagnie:British European Airways - BEA
Immatriculation: G-ARCO
Numéro de série: 6449
Année de Fabrication: 1961-04-05 (6 years 6 months)
Heures de vol:15470
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Avon 524
Equipage:victimes: 7 / à bord: 7
Passagers:victimes: 59 / à bord: 59
Total:victimes: 66 / à bord: 66
Dégats de l'appareil: Détruit
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:35 km (21.9 milles) S de Demre, Turkey (   Mer Méditerranée)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Athens-Ellinikon International Airport (ATH/LGAT), Grèce
Aéroport de destination:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC), Chypre
Numéro de vol:BE284
Détails:
British European Airways flight 284 departed London-Heathrow Airport at 21:45 hours on 11 October 1967, bound for Athens, Greece and Nicosia, Cyprus.
The DH-106 Comet arrived at Athens at 01:11 hours on October 12. Six passengers disembarked and 27 passengers joined the flight. It was refuelled and serviced for the flight to Nicosia.
The aircraft taxied out at 02:27 hours and was airborne on schedule at 02:31; it was cleared by Athens Control to Nicosia on Upper Airway Red 19 to cruise at FL290. After takeoff it climbed to 4000 ft on the 180 radial of Athens VOR and then turned direct to Sounion, which it reported crossing at 02:36 hours.
At 02:46 hours, the aircraft reported that it was crossing R19B at FL290 and was estimating Rhodes at 03:03. At 03:16 hours the crew reported passing R19C at FL290 and estimated passing abeam of Myrtou, Cyprus, at 03:40 hours. This message was not received by Athens direct but was relayed by a westbound Comet aircraft. Flight 284 was then cleared by Athens to change to the Nicosia FIR frequency. Immediately after contacting Nicosia, contact was lost.
At that moment a high explosive device detonated within the cabin under seat 4A or 5A. The explosion severely damaged the aircraft causing an out-of-control condition followed by structural break-up at FL150. The wreckage fell into the sea.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The aircraft broke up in the air following detonation of a high explosive device within the cabin."

Sources:
» ICAO Digest 17 (Circular 88) - Volume II
» Air crash : the clue is in the wreckage / Fred Jones


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Plan
Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Athens-Ellinikon International Airport et Nicosia Airport est de 900 km (562 miles).
Accident location: Exact; as reported in the official accident report.

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