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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:
Date:Friday 16 February 1951
Type:Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: SZ598
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Béja (   Tunisia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Gibraltar-North Front Airport (GIB/LXGB), Gibraltar
Narrative:
The flying boat was on a ferry flight when it flew into a cloud-shrouded hillside. The flying boat was flying 16 miles of course and 1700 feet below safety height.

Sources:
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley
» Last take-off : a record of RAF aircraft losses 1950 to 1953 / C. Cummings


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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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