Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland V in Te Whanga Lagoon

Date & Time: Nov 1, 1959
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NZ4111
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Under the command of F/Lt B. Dwyer, the aircraft struck an uncharted, submerged reef while taking-off from the Te Whanga Lagoon. The impact severely damaged the flying boat’s hull. There were no casualties but the aircraft was damaged beyond repair and abandoned and later dismantled.
Probable cause:
Collision with a submerged reef while taking off.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland 5 off Montevideo

Date & Time: Feb 11, 1959 at 1710 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
LV-AHG
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Buenos Aires – Montevideo
MSN:
SH.70C
YOM:
1946
Country:
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
49
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Upon landing on water off Montevideo, the seaplane struck an unknown floating object that caused damages to the structure. The airplane stopped and partially sank rapidly. All 55 occupants were evacuated safely while the aircraft was recovered and later declared as damaged beyond repair.
Probable cause:
Collision with an unknown floating object upon landing.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland V off Dakar: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jul 7, 1958 at 1154 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
27.F.3
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Dakar - Dakar
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
After completing a short local training flight, the crew was returning to his base at Bel-Air NAS in Dakar. Upon landing, the seaplane bounced and eventually broke in two and partially sank few dozen yards off the district of Hann Bel-Air, into the bay of Hann. Three crew members were killed while eight others were rescued. Few hours later, one of the survivor died from his injuries.
Crew (27F Squadron):
Mst Albert Le Prunnec, gunner, †
Mst Jean Quioc, navigator,
Off Legoff,
Off Giroguy,
2nd Mst Pierre Dauris,
Mst Jean Roche,
2nd Mst Marcel Riou,
Q/Mst Jean Gougeard,
Off Le Mouzy, †
Off Coen, †
Off Jourdan. †

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland V off Port-Étienne: 5 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 1957 at 2255 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
27.F.5
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
11
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
The seaplane overturned while landing in the harbor of Port-Étienne by night. Three crew members were killed while eight others were injured. Few hours later, two of the survivors died from their injuries.
Crew (27F Squadron):
Lt Pierre Kerblat, pilot, †
2nd Mst Savannaz, pilot,
1st Mst René Gaspard, radio operator, †
2nd Mst Revert, radio operator,
2nd Mst Marc, navigator, †
2nd Mst Orlowrai, navigator,
2nd Mst Lucien Laloux, mechanic, †
2nd Mst Proco, mechanic,
2nd Mst Le Bars, gunner, †
2nd Mst Lachasseigne, gunner,
2nd Mst Bonnet, gunner.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland GR.5 in Richards Bay: 2 killed

Date & Time: Nov 1, 1956
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
1715
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Richards Bay - Richards Bay
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a local training sortie out from Richards Bay. On final approach by night, the seaplane crashed in flames into Lake Mzingazi, few km short of runway. Two crew members were killed while eight others were rescued.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland MR.5 at RAF Castle Archdale

Date & Time: Oct 30, 1956
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
EJ153
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Region:
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Struck a rock while taxiing and was damaged beyond repair.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland MR.5 off Eastbourne: 4 killed

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1955 at 0930 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
RN288
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pembroke Dock - Calshot
Region:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew left Pembroke Dock for RAF Calshot and was detached to take part to a presentation to the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) celebrations at Eastbourne, and was supposed to be displayed to welcome the Duke of Edinburgh. While landing on rough sea, the airplane hit waves, nosed down and plunged into the water before coming to rest few dozen yards off shore. Four crew members were killed, two other were injured and eight were unhurt. The aircraft was destroyed.

Crash of a Short S.25 Sunderland MR.5 off Vágar Island: 4 killed

Date & Time: Oct 23, 1954
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PP155
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
Four crewmen of the 230th Squadron lost their lives when the seaplane crashed while attempting to alight in Tveraa Fjord in the Feroe Island to pick up a critically ill British seaman and convey him to hospital in Scotland. It is believed that the flying boat was struck by a squall just as it touched the water, causing it to capsize and sink almost immediately.
Crew:
F/Lt J. R. Hill, †
F/O A. A. Howardson, †
Sgt A. S. Cronk, †
F/S E. Davies, †
S/L E. C. Bennett,
F/Lt J. S. M. Jones 1.