Airplane Crash - Idris, Libya 09/21/1955

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Idris, Libya


Date09/21/1955
Time22:23
LocationIdris, Libya
OperatorBritish Overseas Airways
RouteRome - Tripoli
TypeCanadair C-4
RegistrationG-ALHL
Cn/In158
Aboard47
Fatalities15
Ground0
SummaryCrash landed in a sandstorm on the fourth landing attempt. The plane came in too low, struck a line of trees and crashed 1,200 yards short of the runway. Pilot error. In an error in judgement, the captain who allowed his desire to keep the runway lights in view failed to make adequate reference to his flight instruments.

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