|de Havilland DH 106 Comet|
In 1954 an Entire fleet of de Havilland passenger jets were fatally flawed, causing Britain’s status in passenger jet transportation to be internationally questioned. The then Prime Minister of UK, Sir Winston Churchill, pulled out all of the stops to get to the bottom of the terrible aviation disasters that rocked the nation of Britain and the entire world. It was a post war time and de Havilland had made British Mosquito fighter bombers during the war - they had a famed reputation and were now trying to lead the way in large passenger jet transportation.
During the month of January 1954 the de Havilland DH 106 Comet took off from Rome on the final leg of its long distance flight from Singapore to London. On board were 35 passengers and crew. The design of the plane had manufacturing defects from repeated pressurisation. What followed was horrendous and brought about the eventual decline of de Havilland aircraft and was a disaster for British Overseas Airways Corporation.