Date & Time: Jul 18, 1940
Type of aircraft:
Bristol 130 Bombay
Operator:
Registration:
L5819
Flight Type:
Supply
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Tobruk - Alexandria
Country:
Egypt
Region:
Africa
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew started the approach to Alexandria Airport in foggy conditions following a supply mission from Tobruk. Due to poor visibility, the captain was unable to locate the runway, abandoned the approach and made a go around. Few minutes later, while on a second approach, both engines failed. The aircraft stalled and crashed in the Mariout Lake, few hundred yards short of runway. All five occupants were rescued while the aircraft was lost.
Crew (216th Squadron).
Probable cause:
Double engine failure due to fuel exhaustion.