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Crash of an Antonov AN-32 into the Bay of Bengal: 29 killed

Date & Time: Jul 22, 2016
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
K2743
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Tambaram - Port Blair
MSN:
0809
YOM:
1986
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
23
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
29
Circumstances:
The twin engine aircraft left Tambaram AFB (southwest of Chennai) at 0830LT for a three hours flight to Port Blair, Andaman Islands. While cruising at the assigned altitude of 23,000 feet about 280 km east of Chennai, the aircraft made a turn to the left and then dove into the sea. No trace of the aircraft was found and all 29 occupants are feared to be dead.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina into the Bay of Bengal

Date & Time: Dec 9, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
Y-78
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Minneriya - Minneriya
MSN:
841
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew left Minneriya Airport in Sri Lanka for a maritime patrol mission of 18 hours over the Bay of Bengal. En route, an engine failed, forcing the crew to ditch the aircraft. All 11 occupants were rescued while the aircraft sank one hour after the accident.
Probable cause:
Engine failure.

Crash of a Consolidated B-24D-CO Liberator into the Bay of Bengal: 8 killed

Date & Time: Sep 22, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
FL939
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
207
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
While on a maritime patrol flight over the Bay of Bengal, the four-engine aircraft was shot down by the pilot of a Japanese fighter and was lost at sea. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was found.
Crew (160th Squadron):
W/O J. Cohen, pilot,
F/O T. R. Pallet, copilot,
F/Sgt F. Somerville, navigator,
Sgt F. Bless, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt A. J. N. Owen, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt H. Isey, wireless operator and air gunner,
W/O L. A. Munson, wireless operator and air gunner,
Sgt F. E. Naylor, wireless operator and air gunner.
Probable cause:
Shot down by a Japanese fighter.

Crash of a Consolidated B-24D-CO Liberator into the Bay of Bengal: 8 killed

Date & Time: Aug 24, 1943
Operator:
Registration:
FK239
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Colombo - Colombo
MSN:
209
YOM:
1941
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
8
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
8
Circumstances:
Lost without trace in the Bay of Bengal, off the Andaman Islands, while on a maritime patrol flight. No trace of the aircraft nor the crew was ever found.