What happened to ‘CHARLIE OSCAR’?

BEA COMET BOMBING

More than half a century after a BEA Comet crashed into the Mediterranean Sea in mysterious circumstances, recent analysis and new information reveal the most likely cause of Britain’s largest unsolved mass murder

The ill-fated BEA Comet 4B, G-ARCO, at its Heathrow base. The aircraft was delivered new in 1961.
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Good morning Nicky, Bealine Golf Alpha Romeo Charlie Osc…” Senior first officer Mike Thomas did not get the chance to finish his opening message to Nicosia air traffic control centre. Exactly what caused his transmission to be cut off in mid-sentence will never be known, but a few minutes later his life was over.

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