Airplane Crash - Near Jalalogori, West Bengal, India 05/02/1953

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Jalalogori, West Bengal, India


Date05/02/1953
Time16:35
LocationNear Jalalogori, West Bengal, India
OperatorBritish Overseas Airways
Flight #783/057
RouteCalcutta - Delhi
Typede Havilland DH106 Comet 1
RegistrationG-ALYV
Cn/In06008
Aboard43
Fatalities43
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed 6 minutes after taking off from Dum Dum Airport. The accident occurred during a violent thunderstorm. Wreckage indicated that the aircraft broke up in the air. Failure of both elevator spars caused by a heavy down-load that may have been associated with a pull-up maneuver. Severe gusts encountered in the thundersquall and overcontrolling or loss of control by the pilots when flying through the thunderstorm. The aircraft was nicknamed 'York Victor.'

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