UI Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV G-ALDW,
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Date:Sunday 4 March 1956
Type:Silhouette image of generic hphm model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Handley Page HP.81 Hermes IV
Registration: G-ALDW
MSN: HP.81/23
Year of manufacture:1950
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Nicosia Airport (NIC) -   Cyprus
Phase: Standing
Nature:Passenger - Non-Scheduled/charter/Air Taxi
Departure airport:Nicosia Airport (NIC/LCNC)
Destination airport:
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.

A cabin crew member reported that the flight was delayed because one of the pilots was not woken up by a call and wanted his breakfast before he was prepared to fly out.


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



photo (c) Frances Else; Nicosia Airport (NIC); March 1956

photo (c) Frances Else; Nicosia Airport (NIC); March 1956

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