Unfallbericht:The crew of Catalina 08136 was being relieved from a combat zone and was flying back to their base at Luganville Seaplane Base, New Hebrides (now Vanuatu).
|Datum:||Mittwoch 24 März 1943|
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
|Fluggesellschaft:||United States Navy|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 9|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 9 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||1,2 km (0.8 Meilen) S vom Land entfernt von Gavutu Island ( Salomon Inseln)
|Flugphase:|| Manövrieren (MNV)|
|Flug von:||Gavutu Seaplane Base, Salomon Inseln|
|Flug nach:||Luganville Seaplane Base, Vanuatu|
After zooming the base at Gavutu after takeoff, the airplane pulled up in a sharp climb. Suddenly both engines stopped dead. At the steep angle, water residing in the fuel tanks had been sucked into the carburettors. A forced landing was carried out during which the port wing float struck violently, cart wheeling the plane and breaking off the port wing. The Catalina spun around again and shed the starboard wing also, finally sinking in 60 feet of water.
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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Gavutu Seaplane Base to Luganville Seaplane Base as the crow flies is 1037 km (648 miles).
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.