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de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1

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Accident description
Date: 02.05.1953
Time: 11.05 GMT
Type: de Havilland DH-106 Comet 1
Operator: BOAC
Registration: G-ALYV
C/n: 06008
Year built: 1952
Crew: 6 fatalities / 6 on board
Passengers: 37 fatalities / 37 on board
Total: 43 fatalities / 43 on board
Location: Calcutta; nr. (India, Calcutta-Netaji Subhas Chandra Airport)
Nature: Scheduled Passenger
Flight: Calcutta IAP - Delhi (Flightnumber )
The aircaft took off from Calcutta at 10.59h GMT for a flight to Delhi. Six minutes later the Comet crashed in flames.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Structural failure of the airframe during flight through a thundersquall.
In the opinion of the Court, the structural failure was due to overstressing which resulted from either:
-(1)Severe gusts encountered in the thundersquall, or
-(2) Overcontrolling or loss of control by the pilot when flying through the thunderstorm."

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