Accident description
Last updated: 22 December 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 23 September 1943
Time:20:50
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registration: NZ4002
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)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
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.

Classification:
Wrong takeoff configuration (flaps/trim)
Loss of control

Sources:
» NZ Serials


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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.
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