|Crash site||Bahrain Marine Air Base, Bahrain|
|Airline||BOAC (British Overseas Airways Corporation)|
|Aircraft||Short S.25 Sandringham – G-AHZB – Portland|
|Route||Hong Kong – Karachi – Bahrain – Poole|
|Crew||8 – 5 survivors|
|Passengers||18 – 11 survivors|
The flying boat crashed into the sea while attempting to land at Bahrain Marine Air Base in the Persian Gulf. When the plane touched the water the captain eased the control column back to counteract a nose down tendency. The aircraft left the water for 1-2 seconds during which time engine power was added. It touched down again smoothly, but suddenly swung violently to the left. According to the investigators, the captain had employed an incorrect technique for approaching and alighting.
The plane carried mail from different countries in Central and East Asia (Burma, Hong Kong India, Japan, Thailand. Only a part of the mail could be salvaged. According to the Swedish label (see below) some mail was first salvaged the following year. The recovered mail was forwarded via England as well as via France.
I have recorded 4 items sent to Denmark or Sweden – all 4 are shown below.
This item was on board an airplane which crashed in the Persian Gulf last year, and later mailbags were salvaged by the British Navy.
Examples of mail