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Accident description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Sunday 6 October 1946
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: MW125
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 21 / Occupants: 21
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:160 km (100 mls) W off Penang, Malaysia [Bay of Bengal] (   Indian Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport (CCU/VECC), India
Destination airport:Penang International Airport (PEN/WMKP), Malaysia
Narrative:
Crashed at sea.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Indian Express - Oct 10, 1946


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Distance from Calcutta-Dum Dum Airport to Penang International Airport as the crow flies is 2297 km (1436 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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