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Date:Friday 13 November 1942
Time:ca 21:00
Type:Short Sunderland II
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: W6054
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 16
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Plymouth Sound (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Gibraltar RAF Station (GIB/LXGB), Gibraltar
Destination airport:Mount Batten RAF Seaplane Station, United Kingdom
The Sunderland flying boat, operated by 10 Squadron RAF crashed upon landing in Plymouth Sound in thick fog.
With only 15 minutes of fuel left the pilot attempted a blind landing, but with the altimeter still reading 600 feet the Sunderland impacted the sea with the starboard wing down. The aircraft flipped on its back and split in half. The eleven crew were left in the sea for 90 minutes before rescue, none of the passengers survived.

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Distance from Gibraltar RAF Station to Mount Batten RAF Seaplane Station as the crow flies is 1572 km (983 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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