British European Airways Flight 142
|Date||22 October 1958|
|Site||Nettuno, near Anzio, Italy|
|Type||Vickers Viscount 701|
|Operator||British European Airways|
|Flight origin||London Heathrow Airport, England|
|Destination||Naples Airport, Italy|
|Type||North American F-86E Sabre|
|Operator||Italian Air Force|
British European Airways Flight 142 (callsign Beeline 142) was a scheduled service between London Heathrow Airport and Naples Airport. On 22 October 1958 it was operated by Vickers Viscount 701 registered G-ANHC. when it collided with an Italian Air Force North American F-86E Sabre over Anzio in Italy.
Flight 142 was flying at 23,500 feet towards Naples when it collided with an F-86E near Anzio. The F-86E was the leading aircraft of four that were on a tactical training exercise when it hit the Viscount. Both aircraft crashed with the loss of all on board the Viscount. The F-86 pilot – Captain Giovanni Savorelli – ejected and survived.
While no blame was attributed for the accident it was noted that the Viscount had strayed out of the airway and into the military prohibited area.
- Air crash in Anzio includes description and video of aftermath including fuselage and burial ceremony (British Pathe website)
- Italian air crash kills 31 Daily Illini (online newspaper archive, Illinois National Library website)
"The Nettuno Tragedy". FLIGHT. 74 (2598). London, UK: Iliffe and Sons Ltd. 7 November 1958. p. 706.