Airplane Crash - Near Aarsele, West Vlaanderen, Belgium 10/02/1971

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Aarsele, West Vlaanderen, Belgium


Date10/02/1971
Time11:10
LocationNear Aarsele, West Vlaanderen, Belgium
OperatorBritish European Airways
Flight #706
RouteLondon - Salzburg
TypeVickers Vanguard 951
RegistrationG-APEC
Cn/In706
Aboard63
Fatalities63
Ground0
SummaryWhile en route a distress message was received from the aircraft after which it crashed and burst into flames. The elevators and tailplane were destroyed when the rear pressure bulkhead ruptured at 19,000 feet. The airplane rapidly nosed down and crashed. The bulkhead was weakened by corrosion from a suspected leak in the lavatory.

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