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Last updated: 20 January 2021
Date:Saturday 23 March 1946
Type:Avro 691 Lancastrian C.1
Operating for:Qantas
Leased from:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AGLX
C/n / msn: 1178
First flight:
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:Indian Ocean (   Indian Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Negombo RAF Station (CMB/VCBI), Sri Lanka
Destination airport:Cocos Islands Airport (CCK/YPCC), Cocos (Keeling) Islands
The Avro 691 Lancastrian 1, a bomber converted for civilian use, operated on a flight from the United Kingdom to Perth, Australia.
The aircraft went missing on the leg between Negombo RAF Station, Sri Lanka and the Cocos Islands.
Reportedly the departure from Negombo was delayed for two hours because of a fault in the plane's radio equipment. The crew radioed their position during the flight. The last position report received was at 18:00 hours Perth time. The scheduled report at 18:30 was never received.
An extensive search failed to find a trace of the aircraft.

» The West Australian 26 Mar 1946
» The Civil Aircraft Registers of Great Britain


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Negombo RAF Station to Cocos Islands Airport as the crow flies is 2841 km (1776 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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