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SUMMARY OF SALVAGE

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THE TIMES  22nd January 1954

PORTO AZZURRO, ELBA, Jan 21 - The Favilla, one of the two ships of the Anglo-Mediterranean Sea Recovery Company, reported late tonight that she has probably located the main part of the fuselage of the Comet.

THE TIMES  6th February 1954  

With care and patience a needle can be found even in a haystack. It is on these lines that the Royal Navy is conducting a search for parts of the wrecked Comet jet airliner lost by the British Overseas Airways Corporation in the  Tyrrhean Sea on January 10.
 It is a formidable operation. Probably never before has the Navy been set so strange a task; nor have so many expert brains and large sums of money been devoted to recovering pieces of twisted and torn metal of so intrinsic worth. Yet upon the success of the salvage operation may depend the future of Britain’s  foremost jet airliner - the de Havilland Comet - and, most important of all, the future safety, perhaps, of many travellers by air.

THE TIMES  10th February 1954

A search made today for wreckage of the lost Comet airliner in the area south of the island of Elba, where an Italian motor trawler, the Sirio, last Saturday located with its nets a large object, is reported to have confirmed the belief that this object is the fuselage of the aircraft.

THE TIMES 17th February 1954

SEA SALVOR, OFF ELBA, Feb. 16. - Underwater television on board the frigate Wakeful today sighted “a large piece of the body” of the Comet airliner which crashed in the sea off Elba last month with the loss of 35 lives.

THE TIMES  22nd February 1954

ON BOARD R.F.A. SEA SALVOR.  On the boat deck of this salvage vessel lies part of the Comet airliner which was lost off Elba just six weeks ago today. Some clothing, sea wet and muddy, is drying in the warm Mediterranean sunshine and the tattered and torn metal parts have been hosed clean.
The recovery of these items, probably the most important so far brought up, from 67 fathoms deep, is due to the skilful use of new underwater television equipment and to the skill of the officers and men of the Sea Salvor.

THE TIMES 18th March 1954

 Salvage of Comet wreckage  

THE TIMES  28th May 1954

The complete tail section of the Comet aircraft which crashed near Elba in January has been recovered from the sea and is on its way to Rome, where a B.O.A.C. Hastings aircraft is expected to arrive from London today to fly to England.
The latest piece of wreckage to be recovered is reported by Italian sources to be approximately 10ft. by 16ft. in size and is one of the most important sections of the aircraft recovered so far..............the tail section was found 600 yards from where the engines and a large section of fuselage had previously recovered. The recovery of this section virtually completes the salvage operation. The search for Comet wreckage has been going on for just over four months.


 

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