Airplane Crash - Ankara, Turkey 12/21/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Ankara, Turkey


Date12/21/1961
LocationAnkara, Turkey
OperatorBritish European Airways
RouteAnkara - Nicosia
Typede Havilland Comet 4B
RegistrationG-ARJM
Cn/In06456
Aboard34
Fatalities27
Ground0
SummaryShortly after taking off from Esenboga Airport, the aircraft assumed an excessively steep climbing angle, stalled and crashed. The probable cause of the accident was the obstruction of the pitch pointer in the captain's director horizon which led him to make an excessively steep climb. One of three screws had worked its way loose and blocked the pointer on the dial from indicating the correct pitch.

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