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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 13 February 1946
Time:04:48
Type:Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: VB885
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Lee-on-Solent (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Calshot RAF Station, United Kingdom
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
An almost new Short Sunderland GR.V operated by RAF's 302FTU,took of from Calshot, U.K. on a ferry flight to Karachi. Immediately after take off one of the engines failed and the pilot decided to return to Calshot. The first attempt at landing was aborted and the aircraft went round for another approach. However, in the dark and with apparently poor visibility, the pilot apparently misjudged his rate of descent and the aircraft impacted the sea about 100 yards from Lee-on-Solent pier and caught fire. All ten crew were killed in the crash.

Sources:
» hampshireairfields.co.uk


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