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Last updated: 26 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:lundi 14 mars 1960
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 Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Immatriculation: G-APDS
Numéro de série: 6419
Année de Fabrication: 1959-08-06 (7 months)
Moteurs: 4 Rolls-Royce Avon 524
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 9
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 23
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 32
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD) (   Espagne)
Phase de vol: En approche (APR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:London-Heathrow Airport (LHR/EGLL), Royaume Uni
Aéroport de destination:Madrid-Barajas Airport (MAD/LEMD), Espagne
Détails:
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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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 London-Heathrow Airport et Madrid-Barajas Airport est de 1235 km (772 miles).

Les informations ci-dessus ne représentent pas l'opinion de la 'Flight Safety Foundation' ou de 'Aviation Safety Network' sur les causes de l'accident. Ces informations prélimimaires sont basées sur les faits tel qu'ils sont connus à ce jour.
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