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Last updated: 26 October 2020
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Date:Wednesday 30 September 1942
Type:Short Sunderland
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: T9050
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 12
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Abu Qir (   Egypt)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Sunderland flying boat stalled and crashed into the sea as the pilot was attempting an emergency landing. The aircraft was returning to Abourkir Bay, Egypt at the time with a no. 1 engine that had failed.

Probable Cause:

The Group Commander concluded: "I consider this accident was primarily due to the fact that there had been a fatal accident in the Squadron a few days previously due to an engine catching fire in the air and the resulting smoke filled the cockpit, making
it impossible for the pilot to make a safe landing. In this case, the pilot after flying for 35 minutes on thee engines, states that he suddenly noticed a bright glow and small burst of flame on another engine and decided to land immediately, in so doing he stalled the aircraft which broke its back on hitting the water.
I consider the pilot made a wrong decision in deciding to land and was guilty of an error of judgement in making the actual landing.”

Classification:
Loss of control

Sources:
» RAAF fatalities in Second World War among RAAF personnel serving on attachment in Royal Air Force Squadrons and Support Units / by Alan Storr, 2006


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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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