Accident Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1 G-AGLX,
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Date:Saturday 23 March 1946
Type:Silhouette image of generic a691 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1
Registration: G-AGLX
MSN: 1178
Engine model:Rolls-Royce Merlin
Fatalities:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing
Location:Indian Ocean -   Indian Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Negombo RAF Station (CMB/VCBI)
Destination airport:Cocos Islands Airport (CCK/YPCC)
The Avro 691 Lancastrian operated on a flight from the United Kingdom to Australia. The initial stages to Karachi were carried out by BOAC. The continuing legs from Karachi to Colombo, Cocos Islands, Perth, Gawler and Sydney were carried out by Qantas.
Lancastrian G-AGLX was a former RAF Lancaster bomber, converted for civilian use.
Reportedly the departure from Colombo's Negombo RAF Station was delayed for two hours because of a fault in the plane's radio equipment. After departing for the flight across the Indian Ocean to the Cocos Islands, the crew radioed position reports. The last position report received was at 18:00 hours Perth time. The scheduled report at 18:30 was never received and the aircraft was reported missing.
The point at which the Lancastrian last reported, north of Cocos Islands was within the inter-tropic area where the weather front was probably at its worst over the whole route.
An extensive search failed to find a trace of the aircraft, even a “ faint undecipher-
able signal, such as could have originated from a dinghy
transmitter", was picked up by a searching R.A.F. Liberator
based on the Cocos Islands, shortly before dusk on March 24.
The Qantas crew consisted of Capt. Thomas
First Officer McClelland, Navigating Officer Nuske, Radio
Officer McBean, Flight Steward Porteous, and the passengers: Mr. J. Dobson. Mr.
J. Knight, Mr. H. Marshland, Mr. J. H. Vose, Mr. H. E. Witteyi


The West Australian 26 Mar 1946
The Civil Aircraft Registers of Great Britain
The Aeroplane, 12/4/1946


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09-Mar-2024 19:41 Anon. Updated [Source, Narrative]

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