Airplane Crash - Near Atar, Mauritania 05/26/1952

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Atar, Mauritania


Date05/26/1952
Time08:45
LocationNear Atar, Mauritania
OperatorBritish Overseas Airways
Flight #251
RouteTripoli - Kano
TypeHandley Page HP-81 Hermes IV
RegistrationG-ALDN
Cn/InHP-81/15
Aboard18
Fatalities1
Ground0
SummaryThe crew became lost in the desert, ran out of fuel and made a forced landing. Survivors had to be led by a rescue team 15 miles to an oasis before they could be evacuated. The co-pilot died 5 days later from head injuries suffered in the accident. Navagational errors by the crew. Improper adjustment of the parameters of the gyroscopicompass CL2 Gyrosyn by the navigator. Absence of radio assistance and incorrect use of the compasses. Captain's decision to use the gyroscopicompass in the place of the magneticompass which was inoperative. The aircraft was named 'Horus.'

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