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Date:mardi 16 novembre 1965
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4B
Compagnie:British European Airways - BEA
Immatriculation: G-APMF
Numéro de série: 6426
Année de Fabrication: 1960-01-05 (5 years 11 months)
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 7
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 35
Total:victimes: 0 / à bord: 42
Dégats de l'appareil: Substantiels
Conséquences: Repaired
Lieu de l'accident:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA) (   Malte)
Phase de vol: Au roulage (TXI)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:Malta-Luqa Airport (MLA/LMML), Malte
Aéroport de destination:?
Détails:
Having obtained ATC clearance, the captain taxied out from the apron, behind a parked Vickers Vanguard, and turned right on to the taxiway towards the take-off point for runway 24. A sweeper vehicle on the taxiway was some 300 yards from the Comet and heading towards it. The driver saw the Comet approaching and turned left off the taxiway; as he did so, he saw a "No Entry" Sign painted on the tarmac and momentarily stopped. He then continued slowly to drive away from the taxiway, to give the aircraft sufficient clearance but, at this point, the wing tip of the Comet struck the vehicle. The tip was damaged and had to be changed. The crew of the aircraft saw nothing of the vehicle and had not been warned that it was there. The vehicle was painted a dull grey, and had no R/T or beacon light.

Sources:
» Accidents to Aircraft - A United Kingdom Survey for the year ended 31st December 1965


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