Airplane Crash - London Heathrow, Staines, Surrey, England 06/18/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - London Heathrow, Staines, Surrey, England


Date06/18/1972
Time16:11
LocationLondon Heathrow, Staines, Surrey, England
OperatorBritish European Airways
Flight #548
RouteLondon - Brussels
TypeHawker Siddeley Trident 1C
RegistrationG-ARPI
Cn/In2109
Aboard118
Fatalities118
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed into a field shortly after taking off from Heathrow Airport. The airplane stalled after the wing's leading edge devices were retracted prematurely after takeoff. Failure of the captain to maintain adequate speed after noise abatement procedures. Premature retraction of the slats. Incapacitation of the captain due to a possible arterial hemorrhage.

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