ASN Aircraft accident de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4 G-APDF Beirut Airport (BEY)
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Date:Thursday 9 April 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-APDF
MSN: 6407
First flight: 1958
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Avon 524
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 73
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Beirut Airport (BEY) (   Lebanon)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Beirut Airport (BEY/OLBA), Lebanon
Destination airport:?
Aircraft took off out of Beirut Airport, eleven minutes after a previous take-off attempt was abandoned due to engine overspeed. Nine minutes after take-off, at 13000 ft, the inner rear tyre on the starboard main gear burst, causing damage to the wing structure and affecting controllability. The captain decided to return immediately and make an overweight landing. During this landing other tyres burst and fire in both main-gear assemblies caused further damage.

Tire failure
Forced landing on runway

» Flight, 8 June 1961


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