• Short Summary

    A BRITISH COMET AIRLINER LANDED IN GIBRALTAR THIS MORNING ON A SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM LONDON.

  • Description

    A BRITISH COMET AIRLINER LANDED IN GIBRALTAR THIS MORNING ON A SCHEDULED PASSENGER FLIGHT FROM LONDON. CARRYING A FULL LOAD OF PASSENGERS, MAINLY TOURISTS, THE COMET WAS THE FIRST BRITISH AIRCRAFT TO ARRIVE ON THE ROCK FOLLOWING THE NEW SPANISH BAN ON OVERFLYING ALGECIRAS BAY. BRITAIN IS CHALLENGING THE SPANISH RESTRICTIONS AND INTENDS TO CONTINUE MILITARY AND CIVIL FLIGHTS TO GIBRALTAR. THIS MORNING, TWO SPANISH AIR FORCE SUPER SABRES FLEW PAST THE ROCK JUST AS THE 89-SEAT COMET LANDED. OBSERVERS IN LONDON AND GIBRALTAR BELIEVE SPAIN HAD BEEN SURPRISED BY THE DECISION TO GO AHEAD WITH THE FLIGHTS.

    THE USUAL APPROACH PATH TO THE GIBRALTAR AIRSTRIP FORMS PART OF THE PROHIBITED ZONE. THE COMET TODAY FLEW APPROXIMATELY 200 WARDS FROM THE PROHIBITED ZONE. IN GOOD WEATHER, CIVIL AIRLINERS CAN FLY IN AND OUT OF GIBRALTAR WITHOUT INTRUDING INTO THE ZONE, BUT IN BAD CONDITIONS, PILOTS HAVE BEEN TOLD THE SAFETY OF THEIR PASSENGERS MUST BE THEIR FIRST CONSIDERATION. TWO MORE AIRLINE FLIGHTS WERE SCHEDULED TO GIBRALTAR FROM LONDON TODAY - ANOTHER BEA COMET AND A BAC III OF BRITISH UNITED AIRWAYS.

    FROM BRITISH AIR FORCE HAWKER HUNTER JET FIGHTER AIRCRAFT ARRIVED IN GIBRALTAR LAST WEEK AND HAVE BEEN EXERCISING DAILY. IT WAS EXPECTED THAT THEY WOULD ESCORT THE FIRST BRITISH CIVIL AIRCRAFT INTO THE COLONY, BUT A DEFENCE MINISTRY SPOKESMAN SAID IN LONDON TODAY THAT THERE HAD BEEN NO ESCORT FOR THE COMET.

    SPAIN HAD ISSUED A LAST-MINUTE WARNING THAT ANY AIRLINER VIOLATING THE PROHIBITED ZONE WAS TAKING A SAFETY RISK. THE AREA MIGHT BE USED FOR MILITARY MANOEUVRES WHICH, BY THEIR NATURE, REPRESENT A DANGER TO AIR NAVIGATION, A SPANISH FOREIGN MINISTRY NOTE SAID.

    BRITAIN DOES NOT RECOGNISE SPAIN'S BAN, WHICH WAS ANNOUNCED A MONTH AGO AND DISCUSSED INCONCLUSIVELY LAST WEEK BY THE INTERNATIONAL CIVIL AVIATION ORGANISATION.

    BRITISH OFFICIALS SAY BRITAIN IS DETERMINED TO UPHOLD ITS RIGHT TO USE GIBRALTAR AIRPORT FOR MILITARY AND CIVIL AIRCRAFT. TODAY A MOVE THAT COULD ALLOW THE ISSUE TO BE TAKEN TO THE WORLD COURT AT THE HAGUE, WAS EXPECTED TO BE ???

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    Film ID:
    VLVA6ISZ9XVDW8Y1MEI8YSCKNA03H
    Media URN:
    VLVA6ISZ9XVDW8Y1MEI8YSCKNA03H
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    15/05/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:54:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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