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Date15/03/1944
CasualtiesMr H.G. White, MAEE Helensburgh FTO
AircraftShort Scion Senior L9786
Took off fromHelensburgh, Argyll
Purpose of flightAircraft was fitted with a revised Sunderland hull shape on struts beneath its hull to test its water performance
Incident locationHelensburgh, Argyll
Incident detailsAn attempt was made to fly off from the Clyde when the aircraft was covered in frost. It stalled back into the water and sank. Two of the three crew survived


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