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Accident description
Last updated: 25 November 2015
Date:Sunday 28 February 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-25
C/n / msn: 273
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 11
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:56 km (35 mls) S off Cairns, QLD (   Australia)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Destination airport:Cairns Airport, QLD (CNS/YBCS), Australia
Crashed during ASW patrol flight.
The wreckage was located in 2013 by a diver, but it took until 2015 before additional dives were made to establish the identity of the airplane.

» Wreckage of RAAF plane that crashed 70 years ago found in sea near Cairns, Guardian, 21-9-2015
» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» Peter Dunn's Australia @ war


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Distance from Cairns Airport, QLD to Cairns Airport, QLD as the crow flies is 0 km (0 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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