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Accident description
Last updated: 1 December 2015
Date:Sunday 7 May 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Royal Australian Air Force - RAAF
Registration: A24-105
C/n / msn: 1944
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 6
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:5 km (3.1 mls) NNE of Georgetown Airport, QLD (GTT) (   Australia)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV/YBTL), Australia
Destination airport:Darwin Airport, NT (DRW/YPDN), Australia
The Catalina flying boat departed Townsville Airport, QLD (TSV) at 07:00 on a flight to Darwin Airport, NT (DRW). Engine problems forced the crew to divert to Georgetown Airport, QLD (GTT). It circled the airport and crashed in heavy timber, bursting into flames.

» Australian Military Aircraft Serials and Aircraft History web site
» The Sydney Morning Herald - May 9, 1950
» The Sydney Morning Herald - May 8, 1950


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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 Townsville Airport, QLD to Darwin Airport, NT as the crow flies is 1854 km (1159 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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