Comet Air Crash
Comet Air Crash
Comet Air Crash
Vital statistics
Series Seconds from Disaster
Title Comet Air Crash
Airdate November 15, 2006
Disaster BOAC Flight 781 / South African Airways Flight 201
Date January 10, 1954 / April 10, 1954
Kind Air and Space
Nature Design Failure, Metal Fatigue
Fatalities 35

Comet Air Crash is the 40th episode of Seconds from Disaster and tells how the first jet got taken down.

Plot Edit

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.

Trivia Edit

  • This episode mainly focuses on BOAC Flight 781.