The float plane was completing a night exercice from Heliopolis to Mersa Matruh with 13 crew members on board. On approach, at a height of about 800 feet, the airplane lost altitude, collided with a fence and came to rest, bursting into flames. Seven occupants were killed and six others were injured.
Those killed were:
Sgt Ronald George Allan, pilot, †
LAC Edward Adams, †
AC1 Albert George Hassall, †
AC1 John White, †
Cpt Edward Francis MacKay Barford, †
Cpt Herbert Frank Gordon D’arcy Symonds, †
Lt Douglas Elliott Macintosh, †
F/O N. de W. Boult,
LAC T. Sellars,
Cpt D. S. Cochrane,
Cpt J. P. Weir,
Cpt T. Brodie,
LT L. G. Charles.