Narrative: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
|Date:||Thursday 20 August 1942|
|Type:||Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina|
|Operator:||United States Navy|
|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)|
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