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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Wednesday 25 March 1953
Type:Short Sunderland GR.5
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: PP148
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Iwakuni NAS (   Japan)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Iwakuni MCAS (RJOI), Japan
Narrative:
The Sunderland flying boat arrived near Iwakuni NAS but the crew were told the sea was choppy due to a gusty wind. They decided to circle the area to wait for the weather to improve. It was dark by the time they attempted to land again. The airplane struck the sea heavily and overshot. The crew then decided to land after sunrise. After landing it struck heavy seas. The nose broke and the Sunderland came to rest on its back.

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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