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Accident description
Last updated: 25 May 2016
Date:Saturday 23 August 1947
Type:Shorts S.25 Sandringham 5
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AHZB
C/n / msn: SH.38C
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bahrain Marine Air Base (   Bahrain)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Karachi (unknown airport), Pakistan
Destination airport:Bahrain Marine Air Base, Bahrain
The Sandringham flying boat touched the water at the Bahrain Marine Air Base at an indicated airspeed of 85-90 knots. The captain eased the control column back to counteract a nose down tendency. The aircraft left the water for 1-2 seconds during which time engine power was added. It touched down again smoothly, but suddenly swung violently to the left. According to the investigators, the captain had employed an incorrect technique for approaching and alighting.

» Flight International 19 Feb. 1948 (p.200)


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