On 10 January 1954 a De Havilland Comet aircraft registration G-ALYP operated by BOAC crashed into the sea off the Island of Elba killing all those onboard. A number of Royal Navy ships together with RFA SEA SALVOR were deployed to recover the wreckage.

The Operation was undertaken from 20 January 1954 until 11 April 1954. Approximately 85% of the wreckage was recovered and subsequently brought to the UK by RFA FORT BEAUHARNOIS for examination as to the cause of the crash.

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