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  CV-240-7 Serial Number 82 Registration AP-AEG
Pakistani Orient Airlines


POA 1950s



Beverley Parrott 2003

Pilot  Captain Green (KIA)
Co-Pilot  E. Menzies (KIA)
Radio  Mr. Faruqui (KIA)
Steward  Mr. Delema (KIA)
Steward  Mr. Nirami (KIA)
Passenger  N. Ahmed (KIA)
Passenger  B. Benali (KIA)
Passenger  D. Cooper (KIA)
Passenger  J. Ferdinands (KIA)
Passenger  A. Jahan (KIA)
Passenger  M. Aslam (KIA)
Passenger  G. Jilliani (KIA)
Passenger  N. Mohammad (KIA)
Passenger  A. Sattarkapadia (KIA)
Passenger  R. Prajata, Indonesian Embassy Karachi, Third Secretary (KIA)
Passenger  Kenneth Alex Parrott (KIA)

Crashed  March 14, 1953


Aircraft History
Built by Convair at San Diego in 1949. Construction number 82. Serial Number 82. This aircraft was the 566th CV-240 built by Convair. This aircraft had a natural aluminum finish. Registered in the United States as N90836 on the center of the tail in black lettering.

This aircraft was one of three Convairliners purchased by Pakistani Orient Airways (POA) and registered as AP-AEG. Flown to East Pakistan (Bangladesh) and used for passenger service. Painted with a stripe down the fuselage at the window line with "Orient Skyliner". On the tail was the Pakistan flag and retained the U. S. registration N90836.

Mission History
On March 14, 1953 took off from Karachi Airport flying via Delhi-Safdarjung Airport in India to refuel then took off again bound for Dhaka Airport in East Pakistan (Bangladesh). A total of sixteen were aboard including five flight crew (including a female hostess) plus eleven passengers. Also aboard was a shipment of gold and Swiss watches. Flying during bad weather, the pilot descended in poor visibility in an attempt to ascertain his position and crashed into a mountain south of Kalahasahar. Everyone aboard was killed in the crash.

Recovery of Remains
After the crash, the remains of the crew and passengers were buried in a group burial near the crash site.

Wreckage
This aircraft crashed into the Longthrai Regional Forest in Dhalai District, State of Tripura in India. The crash site is located between two hillocks (Kala Tilla) near Chandrahansapara. During the monsoon season, the area floods causing wreckage to wash downstream.

During 1955, the wife of the pilot attempted to visit the crash site with the help of local people and riding an elephant. At the wreckage, she held a religious service.

During 2003, Ms. Parrott (daughter of passenger Kenneth Alex Parrott) traveled to the region and attempted to visit the crash site but was unable due to threats in the area.

On November 5, 2009 this crash site was visited by Clayton Kuhles / MIA Recoveries. He incorrectly identified the wreckage as associated with C-47B Dakota 43-48308. He photographed a propeller assembly and posted a single photograph that shows a panel with black stenciled "141-24/25569" but no other photos of this stencil for other angles or wider views.

During November 2013, the same crash site Clayton Kuhles / MIA Recoveries visited was investigated by both an investigation team (IT) and recovery team (RT) from Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command (JPAC) and coded the site IN-00264. The team positively identified the crash site as a Convair CV-240 based on the engine crankshaft associated with a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 engine and an inspection stamp with "CVSD", the designation for Consolidated/Vultee. Both of these points of identification prove this crash site is associated with a Convair CV-240 registration AP-AEG, not a Douglas C-47 or DC-3.

Memorials
After the crash, a memorial was built for Kenneth Alex Parrott at the Border Security Force (BSF) Camp in Nalkata, Tripura, India. The memorial has a concrete base with a metal cross with a plaque at each side. The plaques are in both English and Bengali and read: "Kenneth Alec Parrott Born 4 March 1921 Tragically died here on 13 March 1953. Husband to RoseMary Father to Jeffery and Beverley. We have loved you and missed you all our lives." During 2005 the Parrott family provided funding to establish and fund the Kenneth Parrott Nursery School at Tripura.

Relatives
Beverley Parrott (daughter of Kenneth Alex Parrott)

References
The Times of India March 14, 1953 reported the crash of this aircraft
The Statesman, March 21, 1953 reported the crash of this aircraft
Air Britain Casualty compendium, part 56
Karachi theke Longtharai (Karachi to Longthrai) by Bimal Singha
AviationSafetyNetwork - Convair CV-240-7 crashed 14 March 1953
History of PIA - Old Fleet - AP-AEG
History of PIA - Forum "Old Photos of PIA, Orient Airways and Pak Air"
Abbas Ali Collection - CV-240-7 AP-AEG in flight
MIA Recoveries - C-47B 43-48308 Expedition Photo Gallery by Clayton Kuhles claims to be this C-47 incorrectly, rather the wreckage found is CV-240 crashed March 14, 1953. Photo 2 posted a single photograph that shows a panel with black stenciled "141-24/25569", but no other photos of this stencil for other angles or wider views.
MIA Recoveries - C-47B 43-48308 Report to JPAC [PDF] by Clayton Kuhles claims to be this C-47 incorrectly, rather the wreckage found is CV-240 crashed March 14, 1953
YouTube "World War II US Plane Crash Parts in Dhalai District, Tripura" by Biswajit Bhattacharjee October 3, 2013
"After more than 63 years of being considered "unrecoverable" by many, a crash site believed to be C-47 #43-48308 [incorrectly identified] was discovered on November 5, 2009, by MIA recovery specialist Clayton Kuhles."
The Navhind Times "US officials in Tripura to trace World War II remains" September 6, 2013
Passage To India by Beverley Parrott 2003
Thanks to Beverley Parrott for additional information

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Last Updated
February 4, 2018

 

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