Unfallbericht:Seaplane hijacked by pilot; control was lost during struggle in the cockpit and the aircraft crashed into the sea.
|Datum:||Samstag 17 Juli 1948|
|Flugzeugtyp:||Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina|
|Fluggesellschaft:||Cathay Pacific Airways|
|Besatzung:||Todesopfer: 3 / Insassen: 3|
|Fluggäste:||Todesopfer: 22 / Insassen: 23|
|Gesamt:||Todesopfer: 25 / Insassen: 26 |
|Konsequenzen:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Unfallort:||Pearl River (Volksrepublik China)
|Flugphase:|| Während des Fluges (ENR)|
|Flug von:||Macau Airport (MFM/VMMC), Macau|
|Flug nach:||Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), |
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Sudden loss of control by the pilot as a result of being incapacitated by an armed passenger. The police authorities in Macau were in possession of certain evidence which appeared to establish beyond reasonable doubt that the crew of the aircraft were subjected to armed attack by certain passengers shortly after takeoff from Macau for Hong Kong."
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 Macau Airport to Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport as the crow flies is 65 km (40 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.