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Last updated: 29 September 2020
Datum:vrijdag 15 november 1957
Type:Shorts S.45 Solent 3
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Aquila Airways
Registratie: G-AKNU
Constructienummer: S.1299
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 8 / inzittenden: 8
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 37 / inzittenden: 50
Totaal:slachtoffers: 45 / inzittenden: 58
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Chessel Down (   Verenigd Koninkrijk)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Southampton water, Verenigd Koninkrijk
Vliegveld van aankomst:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
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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