Narrative:The Imperial Airways flying boat named "Sylvanus" caught fire while refuelling in Brindisi Harbour. The only occupants of the plane were the refuelling crew, who managed to jump clear and escaped injury.
The Short S.17 Kent had arrived at 08.30 with 13 passengers and a quantity of mail on board. Passengers had disembarked and the flying boat was being prepared for the flight back to Alexandria.
Fire during refuelling
Damaged on the ground
» "Lloyd's Weekly Casualty Reports," 15 Nov. 1935
» The Times," Wed., 11 Nov. 1935 edition
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Brindisi-Papola Casale Airport to Alexandria Airport as the crow flies is 1496 km (935 miles).
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.