Comet Air Crash is the 40th episode of Seconds from Disaster and tells how the first jet got taken down.
One of the world's first passenger jets and the most luxurious of its kind, the de Havilland DH-106 Comet-1, takes off from Rome but 26 minutes into the flight, it explodes, killing 35. Then months later, another Comet crashes in the same way. The cause of both crashes was due to the aluminium skin. The constant pressurisation of the jet in flight flexed the thin skin, causing metal fatigue and mostly around the square windows.
- This episode mainly focuses on BOAC Flight 781.