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Accident description
Last updated: 17 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 11 October 1944
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat
Operator:Qantas
Registration: VH-ABB
C/n / msn: S.877
First flight: 1937-12-17 (6 years 10 months)
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 22
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 29
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sydney Harbour-Rose Bay SPB, NSW (RSE) (   Australia)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Sydney Harbour-Rose Bay SPB, NSW (RSE), Australia
Destination airport:Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Narrative:
Shortly after takeoff from Rose Bay, Sydney the electric flap motor failed and the wing flaps were retracted by hand. Twenty minutes into the flight oil pressure on starboard inner engine fell below normal levels and the captain decided to return to Rose Bay.
On approach the flying boat stalled after completing a side slip manoeuvre. The impact caused a major failure of the hull which allowed extensive break-up of the fuselage. One passenger drowned.

Sources:
» AussieAirliners.org


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