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Accident description
Last updated: 18 October 2017
Date:Thursday 20 August 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 04468
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Manzanillo Bay (   Panama)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Flew into water during gunnery practice Manzanillo Bay, Canal Zone. The landing lights were used on finals. The light apparently penetrated surface of clear glassy water without giving any indication of distance to the water.

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

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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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