Narrative:Crashed at Lauthala Bay while departing for a night circuit practice. The flying boat took off with the elevator trim tabs wrongly set and crashed into the water from a height of about 200 feet.
Wrong takeoff configuration (flaps/trim)
Loss of control
|Date:||Thursday 23 September 1943|
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
|Operator:||Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 1334|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0|
|Total:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 4 |
|Airplane damage:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||Lauthala Bay ( Fiji)
|Phase:|| Takeoff (TOF)|
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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.