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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 20 November 1949
Type:Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: NJ176
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 4
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 12
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Seletar Island (   Singapore)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Singapore-Seletar Airport (XSP/WSSL), Singapore
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak RAF Station (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Narrative:
The Sunderland was overloaded as the crew attempted to take off from Seletar. The flying boat swung and crashed in shallow waters near Seletar Island.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» The Straits Times, 22 November 1949, Page 1


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Distance from Singapore-Seletar Airport to Hong Kong-Kai Tak RAF Station as the crow flies is 2567 km (1604 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few 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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