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In 1972, 118 people were killed in the crash of a Brussels-bound British European Airways Hawker Siddeley Trident 1C shortly after takeoff from London Heathrow Airport.
BA - created through the merger of British Overseas Airways Corporation (BOAC) and British European Airways (BEA) - has a fleet of around 280 and flies to almost 180 destinations.
1957: BEA withdraws Viscount aircraft British European Airways has withdrawn its fleet of Viscount 701s from service after one of them crashed at Manchester.
The tragedy happened when a British European Airways plane crashed during take-off as the team returned from a European Cup match against Red Star Belgrade.
In those days it was known as Imperial Airways but shortly after that it switched to a new identity as the British Overseas Aircraft Corporation (BOAC) and for more local flights British European Airways (BEA).
British European Airways confirmed the number of dead - 118, made up of 108 passengers, one baby, six operational crew and three other crew members.
Fifty years ago, Pan-Am and British European Airways (BEA) passengers could light up on planes and avoided annoying add-on fees.
The present runway of 1,450 yards would have to be extended to 2,000 yards to accommodate the larger aeroplanes operated by British European Airways, who would fly the route.