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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Date:Sunday 18 May 1952
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Canso A (PBY-5A)
Operator:Maritime Central Airways
Registration: CF-FAN
C/n / msn: 22023
First flight: 1943
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Sandwich Bay, NF (   Canada)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Destination airport:Cartwright Airport, NF (YRF/CYCA), Canada
The Catalina departed Gander, NF, Canada at 13:17 hours on a chartered cargo flight to Cartwright, Labrador. The aircraft was seen approaching to land in Sandwich Bay near Cartwright Harbour with the main undercarriage extended. The aircraft appeared to come to a sudden stop immediately after the wheels touched the water and the tail of the aircraft was seen to rise to a vertical position and settle back at an angle of about 45 degrees. The crew were killed.

Probable Cause:

Probable Causes: "The aircraft crashed on the water through failure on the part of the pilot-in-command to ensure that the main undercarriage was retracted."

» Canadian Military Aircraft Serial Numbers RCAF 9701 to 9750


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Distance from Gander Airport, NF to Cartwright Airport, NF as the crow flies is 551 km (344 miles).

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