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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Fecha:domingo 22 marzo 1964
Hora:09:19 UTC
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic COMT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4
Operado por:Malaysian Airways
Alquilado a :British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registración: G-APDH
Numéro de série: 6409
Año de Construcción: 1958-11-21 (5 years 4 months)
Motores: 4 Rolls-Royce Avon 524
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 8
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 60
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 68
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Singapore-Paya Lebar Airport (QPG) (   Singapur)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL/WMKK), Malasia
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Singapore-Paya Lebar International Airport (SIN/WSAP), Singapur
Número de Vuelo: 511
The flight from Kuala Lumpur was uneventful until the airplane approached Singapore. Visibility was good as the co-pilot started the approach to runway 02. The flare was initiated a little late and the airplane touched down firmly. The Comet bounced and floated a few feet over the runway. During the bounce the starboard wheel bogie and part of the landing gear leg dropped off. The crew tried to hold the wing off the ground after the aircraft settled back onto the runway. Finally the wing contacted the runway. The engines were shut down and left wheel brakes applied before the aircraft came to rest.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The landing gear leg, which had previously been weakened by fatigue, failed on first impact during the landing."

» ICAO Aircraft Accident Digest No.16, Circular 82-AN/69 (114-123)

Subsiguiente / acciones de seguridad
The approved operating life of all Comet 4 undercarriage legs was reduced from 8000 to 4500 landings. The legs were later modified and the approved life was again put at 8000 landings.


photo of de-Havilland-DH-106-Comet-4-G-APDH
accident date: 22-03-1964
type: de Havilland DH-106 Comet 4
registration: G-APDH

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Kuala Lumpur International Airport to Singapore-Paya Lebar International Airport as the crow flies is 287 km (180 miles).

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