Date: May 26, 1952
Time: 08:45
Location: Near Atar, Mauritania
Operator: British Overseas Airways
Flight #: 251
Route: Tripoli - Kano
AC Type: Handley Page HP-81 Hermes IV
Registration: G-ALDN
cn / ln: HP-81/15
Aboard: 18   (passengers:10  crew:8)
Fatalities: 1   (passengers:0  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The crew became lost in the desert, ran out of fuel and made a forced landing. Survivors had to be led by a rescue team 15 miles to an oasis before they could be evacuated. The co-pilot died 5 days later from head injuries suffered in the accident. Navagational errors by the crew. Improper adjustment of the parameters of the gyroscopic compass CL2 Gyrosyn by the navigator. Absence of radio assistance and incorrect use of the compasses. Captain's decision to use the gyroscopic compass in the place of the magnetic compass which was inoperative. The aircraft was named "Horus."

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