Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives
Bureau d'Archives des Accidents d'Avions

Crash of a Short S.17 Kent in Brindisi: 12 killed

Accident description

  • Nov 9, 1935
  • G-ABFB
  • Parking
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • Yes
  • Lake, Sea, Ocean
  • London – Brindisi – Alexandria
  • S.759
  • 1930
  • Brindisi, Apulia
  • Italy
  • Europe
  • 3
  • 3
  • 10
  • 9
  • 0
  • 12
  • Just prior to takeoff, while the crew was preparing the departure, a fire erupted. The aircraft christened 'Sylvanus' exploded in the harbor of Brindisi and was rapidly consumed by fire. A passenger was injured while all twelve other occupants were killed.
  • According to Italian Authorities, the fire erupted while ground crew just ended tanking up.