|Crash site||Mediterranean sea near Elba, Italy|
|Airline||BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation)|
|Aircraft||De Havilland Comet 1 – G-ALYP – Yoke Peter|
|Route||Singapore – Bangkok – Rangoon – Karachi – Bahrain – Beirut – Rome – London|
|Crew||6 – 0 survivors|
|Passengers||29 – 0 survivors|
The plane left Rome/Ciampino airport at 10:31 on a flight to London. Last radio contact was at 10:51 when the plane was approaching a height of 27000 feet. Shortly after that the plane broke into pieces and around 10:00 the plane crashed into the sea 16 km south of Elba.
At 12:50 the Harbour Authority at Portoferraio on the island Elba was informed about the accident. All available boats and aircrafts were despatched to the crash site where debris etc. was salvaged. The search was continued for the two following days where more pieces of wreckage and other articles were recovered and brought into land.
Later the British Navy took over the search and salvage of parts from the wrecked airplane. This continued until the end of August 1954.
The accident report concluded that the cause of the accident was the structural failure of the pressure cabin brought about by fatigue.
The plane carried much mail and a part of this was salvaged. On 11 January the British Postmaster General announced that letters, postcards, printed matters and air parcels, including forces mail, from Malaya, North Borneo, Brunei and Sarawak posted on 7.1. and 8.1. were carried on the plane. Mail loaded in Bangkok, Rangoon, Karachi, Bahrain and Beirut may also have been carried.
Most of the mail was for Great Britain and this was processed via the Post Office in London where many different handstamps were used.
It seems as if mail which was salvaged later by the British Navy was forwarded with Italian handstamps – see type B and C.
Only 3 Nordic items from this crash are known. All were addressed to Denmark and were among the mail which was salvaged late.
Size textblock: 99 x 10 mm.
Salvaged from the flight accident at Elba on 10/1-1954.
The Reexchange Post Office 2/7-54.
As above but typing error = 6th letter in Omkarteringspostkontoret
Size: 72 x 8 mm.
Used in combination with C.
Translation: Correspondence recovered after plane crash on
The handstamps B and C were later also used on mail from the Italy crashes 1954-01-16 and 1954-04-08.
Size: 26 x 4 mm.
Used in combination with B.
10 GEN 1954 = 10 JAN 1954.
Examples of mail