South African Airways Flight 201, a De Havilland Comet 1, took off at 18 32 UTC from Ciampino Airport in Rome, Italy en route to Cairo, Egypt, on the second stage of its flight from London to Johannesburg, South Africa. The flight crashed, killing all aboard at around 19 07 UTC on 8 April 1954. The flight was operated as a charter by British Overseas Airways Corporation using the aircraft G-ALYY , with a South African crew of seven, and carrying 14 passengers.
Gerry Bull and other BOAC engineers examined the aircraft for Flight 201. Previously the same team examined BOAC Flight 781 prior to its final flight.