Accident description
Last updated: 30 October 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 24 March 1937
Time:14:30
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Operator:Imperial Airways
Registration: G-ADVA
C/n / msn: S.818
First flight: 1937
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1,6 km (1 mls) NNE of Ouroux (   France) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:Southampton water, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Marseille-Marignane Airport (MRS/LFML), France
Narrative:
The flying boat flew into a mountainside during a heavy snowshower, sliding on the ground for ca 300 m before coming to a stop at the edge of a wood. Three of the crew were killed instantly, the only woman passenger and the cabin attendant died some hours later. The radio operator went for help. He is said to be killed in an aircrash 12 years later on a flight London to Malta

Sources:
» Empire flying boats of Imperial Airways QANTAS Australia TEAL New Zealand
» Voyageur de Mémoire Ouroux


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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