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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Friday 2 August 1963
Type:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4B
Operator:British European Airways - BEA
Registration: G-ARJN
C/n / msn: 6459
First flight: 1961-07-21 (2 years )
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 89
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 96
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Milano-Linate Airport (LIN) (   Italy)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:London Airport (LHR/EGLL), United Kingdom
Destination airport:Milano-Linate Airport (LIN/LIML), Italy
Narrative:
On arrival from London a monitored automatic ILS approach was made in fog at Milano-Linate Airport, Italy but the captain decided to overshoot because, although the approach lights were seen, the aircraft was not satisfactorily positioned on the centre line. A second monitored automatic approach was then made and the approach lights were seen when the aircraft reached 300 ft. It was on the centre line and the descent was continued. The captain took over the controls at about 250 ft. as the runway lights were seen, continuing the approach by visual reference. The time was some 20 minutes after dawn had broken and landing lights were not used. After the touchdown reverse thrust was immediately applied, followed by braking. Soon after landing the aircraft ran into
an area of much reduced visibility and braking was increased. After a swing to port, which was corrected without difficulty, deceleration was pronounced. When the aircraft came to a standstill it was found that the tyres on the port mainwheels had burst
and were on fire. The fire was extinguished by the aerodrome fire tenders. It was also found that one tyre on the starboard main undercarriage had burst. A deterioration in runway visual range was observed immediately before the touchdown, but too late to pass to the pilot.

Classification:
Low visibility

Sources:
» Survey of accidents to aircraft in the United Kingdom 1963 / CAA


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Distance from London Airport to Milano-Linate Airport as the crow flies is 974 km (609 miles).

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