Accident description
Last updated: 24 April 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 27 November 1938
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Operator:Imperial Airways
Registration: G-AETW
C/n / msn: S.839
First flight: 1937
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lake Habbaniyah (   Iraq) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Unknown
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Crashed during sandstorm at night. The captain descended very low in the darkness and bad weather in order to fix his position by ground observation. The flying boat, named "Calpurnia", struck the water with the engines running at full power.

Sources:
» Flight 20-7-1939


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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