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Last updated: 11 December 2018
Status:Final
Date:Friday 15 November 1957
Time:22:55
Type:Shorts S.45 Solent 3
Operator:Aquila Airways
Registration: G-AKNU
C/n / msn: S.1299
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 37 / Occupants: 50
Total:Fatalities: 45 / Occupants: 58
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Chessel Down (   United Kingdom)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Southampton water, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Narrative:
The Aquila Airways Solent flying boat departed Southampton at 22:46 for a flight to Lisbon and Madeira. At 22:54 the crew radioed that the number 4 propeller had been feathered. While trying to return, the Solent crashed into the face of a quarry between Chessel and Brook. At impact the aircraft was banked 45 degrees to the right.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the stoppage of the No.3 engine at a time when the No.4 engine was stopped. The cause of the stoppage of the No.4 engine is unknown. The cause of the stoppage of the No.3 engine was either an electrical failure in the fuel cut-off actuator circuit or the accidental operation of the cut-off switch."



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Short S.45

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  • 4th loss
  • 2nd fatal accident
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