Accident description
Last updated: 17 September 2014
Status:
Date:Tuesday 18 March 1947
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: MW198
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 15
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:3 km (1.9 mls) N of Negombo RAF Station (   Sri Lanka)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Negombo RAF Station (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff from RAF Negombo an engine failed. The York could not maintain altitude, struck trees and crashed.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley


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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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