ASN Aircraft accident Short Sunderland GR.5 PP148 Iwakuni NAS
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Date:Wednesday 25 March 1953
Type:Silhouette image of generic ss25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: PP148
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Iwakuni NAS (   Japan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Iwakuni MCAS (IWK/RJOI), Japan
The Sunderland flying boat arrived near Iwakuni NAS but the crew were told the sea was choppy due to a gusty wind. They decided to circle the area to wait for the weather to improve. It was dark by the time they attempted to land again. The airplane struck the sea heavily and overshot. The crew then decided to land after sunrise. After landing it struck heavy seas. The nose broke and the Sunderland came to rest on its back.

» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings


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