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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Monday 14 March 1960
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-APDS
C/n / msn: 6419
First flight: 1959-08-06 (7 months)
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Avon 524
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 32
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) (   Spain)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Spain
Narrative:
During a final approach to land at night the aircraft struck a ridge at a point 345 feet above runway level and approximately 2 miles from the runway threshold. As a result of the impact the wheels of both main landing gears and the fuel tank attached to the port wing were torn off and the port wing flaps damaged. The approach was discontinued and an emergency landing, with damaged landing gear down, was made on another runway.

The aircraft operated on a scheduled service from London to Santiago de Chile, with intermediate stops at Madrid, Dakar, Recife, Sao Paulo and Buenos Aires.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "While approaching the airport the aircraft was flown at an altitude lower than the spot height indicating the position of the Paracuellos Hills."

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1960 / CAA


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Distance from London-Heathrow Airport to Madrid-Barajas Airport as the crow flies is 1235 km (772 miles).

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