ASN Aircraft accident Short S.25 Sunderland 3 G-AGHW Brightstone Down, Isle of Wight
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 19 November 1947
Type:Silhouette image of generic ss25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Short S.25 Sunderland 3
Operator:British Overseas Airways Corporation - BOAC
Registration: G-AGHW
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Brightstone Down, Isle of Wight (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Hythe Seaplane Base, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Poole Seaplane Base, United Kingdom
Crashed into high ground in low cloud and poor visibility on a flight from Hythe to Poole.

Probable Cause:

OPINION: "The accident was the result of flying into high ground in conditions of low cloud and poor visibility . This must be attributed to navigational errors by the pilot."

Navigational error
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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Distance from Hythe Seaplane Base to Poole Seaplane Base as the crow flies is 43 km (27 miles).

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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