ASN Aircraft accident Short Sunderland GR.5 SZ598 Béja
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Date:Friday 16 February 1951
Type:Silhouette image of generic ss25 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: SZ598
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft 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 off course and 1700 feet below safety height.

Classification:
Aircraft strayed off planned course
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

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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