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Last updated: 14 November 2018
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Date:Thursday 18 June 1942
Type:Consolidated 16 Commodore
Operator:American Export Airlines
Registration: NC664M
C/n / msn: 08
First flight:
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1860 Hornet B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Takla Lake, BC (   Canada)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Consolidated 16 Commodore flying boat was contracted by the U.S. Military for military use in Alaska. A civilian crew was contracted to fly it to Alaska, presumably from Florida. Intermediate stops were made en route to Alaska. During a refuelling stop at Takla Lake, BC fuel was spilt. It ignited, causing a large fire. The airplane sank to the bottom of the lake.
Plans were made in 2010 to salvage to flying boat for display at the San Diego Air & Space Museum.

Classification:
Fire during refuelling

Sources:
» Commodoreflyingboatrecovery.com
» San Diego Air & Space Museum blog


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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.
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