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Last updated: 1 August 2021
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Date:Wednesday 20 November 1946
Type:Avro 685 York C.1
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: MW205
MSN:
First flight:
Engines: 4 Rolls-Royce Merlin
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:64 km (40 mls) S of Suez (   Egypt)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Shaibah RAF Station, Iraq
Destination airport:Cairo-Almaza Air Base (HEAZ), Egypt
Narrative:
The Avro York took off on a flight to Almaza Egypt, the ultimate destination being the UK.
The aircraft flew into a 2,000 foot hill some fifty miles from Cairo and off track. All on board the plane died in the accident.
They were:
Flt/Lt DB Sinclair RAFVR, pilot.
Flt/Lt GM Ryan RNZAF, co-pilot.
Flt/Lt HT Hanbury RAF.
Flt/Lt TO O'Carroll RAF.
Wt/Offr AE Thomas RAFVR.
Wt/Offr SC Thompson RAF.

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Mountain

Sources:
» RAF.Org. Casualties 1946
» Broken Wings : Post-War Royal Air Force Accidents / James J. Halley


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Distance from Shaibah RAF Station to Cairo-Almaza Air Base as the crow flies is 1553 km (971 miles).

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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