Narrative:Spun into sea 10 miles south of Beqa Island (also known as Mbengga Island), Fiji while operating with the RNZAF No.6 Squadron. During a post maintenance test flight the aircraft was deliberately stalled at 5500 feet but entered an uncontrollable spin and dived into the sea.
|Date:||Thursday 5 December 2013|
|Type:||Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina|
|Operator:||Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF|
|C/n / msn:|| 1470|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12|
|Total:||Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 18 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Location:||16 km (10 mls) S off Beqa Island (Fiji)
|Phase:|| Maneuvering (MNV)|
|Departure airport:||Lauthala Bay SPB (NFLB), Fiji|
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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.