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Old 05-25-2016, 12:51 AM
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Historical question about a flight accident that almost occurred

Dear forum members,

I'm searching for historical information about a flight accident that almost occurred with Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip aboard. The incident would have occurred sometime between the late 1940s and the 1970s.

The reference about this incident is in Roland Barthes' book, "Image, Music, Text," published in 1977. On page 27, Barthes described a newspaper displaying a photograph of the royal couple with this headline: "They were near to death, their faces prove it." However, Barthes noted that the couple could not have known about "the accident they had just escaped."

Philip Meggs' mentioned the same incident in his book, "Type & Image," in 1989. He stated that this newspaper was a "London tabloid." Neither author provided more details in their citations.

I submit the following questions to members of this forum:

1) When and where did this incident occur? What were the circumstances?
2) What newspaper published this photo and headline?
3) Does anyone know if digitized forms of this newspaper page or photograph exist?

Thank you in advance for your assistance. My research librarians at University at Albany suggested that I reach out to you.

Warmest regards,

Professor Thomas Palmer
Journalism Program

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Old 05-25-2016, 02:00 AM
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Could it be this incident?,7006041&hl=en

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Old 05-25-2016, 02:35 AM
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This gives details of the headlines from British sources that covered it at the time.,4729206&hl=en
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:07 AM
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I have found the following photo from the British newspaper, the Daily Mirror:


The following link is to the newspaper's current website and if you scroll down the page you will find their contact details:
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Old 05-25-2016, 11:07 AM
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Dear colleagues,

Thank you for these responses. I now have the date and ability to acquire this content for my research. It is amazing how so much can be accomplished on this forum in less than a day!


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