A chronological history of jet airliner crashes.

March 3, 1953

Karachi, Pakistan:  While being delivered to Australia via the Asian continent, a Canadian Pacific Airlines De Havilland Comet 1A, affectionately termed the “Empress of Hawaii”, crashed into a dry river bed while attempting to takeoff.  It is conjectured that the plane’s nose was too high creating a partial stall while also creating excessive drag.  The crash closed the airport for some time while the crash was investigated.  Eleven people on board (five crew members and 6 passengers) were killed in the crash, marking this as the first commercial jet airliner crash with fatalities.

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