A UK Dakota propellor aircraft making its last flight for BEA crashed in fog at Birmingham Airport Oct 31.
A UK Dakota propellor aircraft making its last flight for BEA crashed in fog at Birmingham Airport Oct 31. After a ceremonial farewell at London Airport, the Dakota found thick fog over Birmingham, circled the airport 90 minutes, found a clear patch, finally landed, but overshot the runway - and unceremoniously bumped into a ditch.
The 15 passengers, including journalists and cameramen covering the story of the Last Flight, and pilot and crew tumbled out, somewhat shaken but otherwise unhurt. Airport firemen were ready but the aircraft, though extensively damaged, did not catch fire.
This last flight ended an era in BEA history of piston-engine aircraft. From Nov 1 all BEA trunk routes within and outside Britain were using turbine-powered airliners-Viscounts and Comets.