Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 9 December 2016
Narrative:The aircraft, named Circe, was engaged in the evacuation of civilians and military personnel from Tjilatjap (now Cilacap), Netherlands East Indies (now Indonesia), to Broome, Australia. It was shot down by a Japanese bomber which was on a maritime patrol from Denpasar, Bali.
|Date:||Saturday 28 February 1942|
|Type:||Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat|
|Operating for:||Qantas Empire Airways|
|Leased from:||British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC|
|C/n / msn:|| S.842|
|First flight:|| 1937-08-13 (4 years 7 months)|
|Total airframe hrs:||7000|
|Engines:|| 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 18 / Occupants: 18|
|Total:||Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 22 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||ca 400 km S off Cilacap, Java, Indonesia ( Pacific Ocean)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger|
|Destination airport:||Broome Airport, WA (BME/YBRM), Australia|
» G-AETZ. Short S-23C Empire Flying Boat. c/n S.842.
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.