ASN Aircraft accident Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat Mk I G-AEUH Timor
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Date:Friday 30 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic ss23 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat Mk I
Operating for:Qantas Empire Airways
Leased from:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AEUH
MSN: S.850
First flight: 1938
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Timor (   Indonesia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Kupang-El Tari Airport (KOE/WATT), Indonesia
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
The aircraft, named Corio, was operating extra service XWS160 to evacuate civilians from Java. It was shot down by Japanese fighters off the southern coast of Timor. Five of those aboard, including captain A.A. Koch and First Officer V. Lyne, survived the crash, swam to shore and were eventually rescued.


photo of Short-S-23-Empire-Flying-Boat-G-AEUH
accident date: 30-01-1942
type: Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
registration: G-AEUH

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 Kupang-El Tari Airport to Darwin Airport, NT as the crow flies is 821 km (513 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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