Hijacking
Last updated: 1 October 2014
Status:
Date:Saturday 17 July 1948
Type:Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Cathay Pacific Airways
Registration: VR-HDT
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 22 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 25 / Occupants: 26
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Pearl River (   China)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Macau Airport (MFM/VMMC), Macau
Destination airport:Hong Kong-Kai Tak International Airport (HKG/VHHH), Hong Kong
Narrative:
Seaplane hijacked by pilot; control was lost during struggle in the cockpit and the aircraft crashed into the sea.

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."

Classification:
Hijack
Loss of control

Sources:


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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 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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