FROM OUR SPECIAL CORRESPONDENT LONDON AIRPORT, Jan 13
Another B.O.A.C. Comet airliner arrived
here this afternoon
for inspection, having flown the 8,000 miles from Singapore in 23hr.
21min. (Overall time
33hr. 35min.); it came swiftly out of a grey, wintry sky and made a
perfect touch down.
Well before first light to-day another Comet had returned without passengers from Johannesburg, and early tomorrow the airliner which has been taken out of service in Tokyo is expected to reach London. The B.O.A.C. will have all their operational Comet airliners at hand - it is the first time they have been assembled together - and it is hoped that careful inspection of them will help to explain the loss on Sunday of the Comet “Yoke Peter” over the Mediterranean.
At the B.O.A.C. maintenance base at the airport late this afternoon work was concentrated on two aircraft; one had 3,510 flying hours to its credit and the other 3,471 hours which made them of particular interest as “Yoke Peter” had been flying for 3,605 hours.