Date & Time: Jun 25, 1953 at 0600 LT
Type of aircraft:
De Havilland DH.106 Comet
Landing (descent or approach)
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Paris – Marseille – Dakar – Abidjan
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
Following an uneventful flight and approach, the pilot-in-command landed properly and started the braking procedure when one of the main landing gear struck a hole in the runway surface. The gear's leg broke off and the airplane came on its belly, slid for dozen yards and overran before coming to rest about 40 meters past the runway end. There were no casualties but the aircraft was considered as damaged beyond repair. Brand new, it was delivered few weeks ago.
Undercarriage collapsed while contacting a hole in the runway surface.