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OMAN - RAYSUIT - Dakota (KN336) Memorial 13 Feb 2014 18:58 #1

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On the 9th August 1949, Dakota KN336 of the Aden Communications Unit based at Khormaksar was operating on a transit from Riyan and Salalah to Masirah and return

On the outward journey as the aircraft was approaching Salalah, radio contact was lost at 0945Z and a search was immediately commenced. The aircraft was located on the 10th August, it had crashed into 3000ft cliffs and burnt out. All but one of the three crew and nine passengers were killed. One (FL Diggory) was still alive but died shortly after rescue parties had taken him to Salalah. He was buried there on 11th Aug. The rescue party returned to the site of the accident and buried the others in a mass grave at the crash site

The BOI decided the cause of the accident was pilot error (letting down through cloud towards high ground) NB: Of interest, from another source comes this information

"A flight of three twin-engined aircraft were approaching Salalah during the brief monsoon season and in low cloud a navigational error resulted in the aircraft flying into the high cliffs along the coast. Two aircraft were destroyed with the loss of their crews and the third although clearing the cliffs themselves was severely damaged colliding with the more gentle slopes above incurring some casualties amongst the crew"

In 1950, a memorial was dedicated at the nearest reasonably accessible point to the site of the crash

The inscription in both in Arabic and English on the main memorial states, in memory of;

Sqn Ldr D Forward
Flt Lt R Diggory
Flt Lt NT Evans AFC
Fg Off DR Hinton
Nav II BA Bain
Cpl D Howden
Cpl JJ Gibson
Cpl RA Prior
Sig IJA Pearce

On smaller panels it states in memory of;

Cpl D Howden
Cpl RA Prior
L/Cpl H Nasir
Pte S Abdullah
S Abdurrahman

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The above images shows another memorial at the actual crash site and the mass grave where the bodies of eleven casualties were buried. Due to the very remote location, it is badly neglected, however I include them for continuity

Hope this is of interest?

Tony H

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