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Date:Sunday 5 December 1937
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat Mk I
Operator:Imperial Airways
Registration: G-ADUZ
MSN: S.817
First flight: 1937
Engines: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 13
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Brindisi (   Italy)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport (BDS/LIBR), Italy
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The flying boat, named "Cygnus", attempted to take off with the wrong flap settings. This caused the aircraft to started porpoising leading to loss control. The 1st Office showed great courage in saving 3 passengers from the aft cabin which had only about half a metre of air space left.

Classification:
Wrong takeoff configuration (flaps/trim)
Loss of control

Sources:
» Flight
» Folha da Noite 6 December 1937, 1+2a


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