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What caused these new aircraft to structurally fail catastrophically?

This case study explores three separate accidents involving the de Haviland DH-106 Comet 1 aircraft, G-ALYV at Calcutta, G-ALYP at Elba, G-ALYY at Naples, and fatigue testing accomplished on G-ALYR. All three accidents encountered inflight breakups with no warnings. Everyone perished in this series of accidents. What caused these new aircraft to structurally fail catastrophically?

For this case study analysis, do not create a separate report for each accident, but rather compare commonalities and combine this series of accidents into a single report. See the  for additional information on how to format your Case Study.  Review the  link and its contents related to a series of accidents related to inflight breakups of de Haviland DH-106 Comet 1 aircraft.  This site and database hold a wealth of data and useful information pertaining to the case study analyses in this course. Use this case study to become acquainted with the information and resource layout on this excellent website. Graphics, actual documents, and final accident reports are all included in the accidents provided in this database. We will be taking advantage of this website in future case study analyses. Try to be as specific as you can while expressing your analysis in your own words and limit the use of jargon.

Note: The links provided herein should serve as a starting point for your research and are not intended to be the only stop to your detailed analysis. You are encouraged to review the final accident report and other records and other sources, too (i.e., the Hunt Library). You will analyze this case study in terms of mechanical and structural factors and provide a technical report which analyzes this accident case study (usually five or more pages including a title page and reference page). This written assignment will be formatted as a research paper, using Times New Roman, 12-point font and double-spacing between lines of text. All sources should be cited using the APA style and format. Papers must be grammatically sound and free of spelling errors.