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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 28 March 1954
Time:15:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada Catalina IVB (PBY-5A)
Operator:Royal Norwegian Air Force - RNoAF
Registration: KK-N
C/n / msn: 28129
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Bear Island (   Norway)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Tromsø/Langnes Airport (TOS/ENTC), Norway
Destination airport:Tromsø/Langnes Airport (TOS/ENTC), Norway
Narrative:
The Catalina took off from Tromsø on a round trip to drop mail, first on the Bear Island, then on the Island Hopen and two places on the Island Svalbard namely New Ålesund and Longyearbyen. After successful drops at all the four places, the plane took a low pass over Bear Island at a height of 100 meters. While passing just south of the radiostation it made a right turn and the right wing hit the ground causing the plane to crash on the island. There were occasional snowshowers at the time of the accident.

Sources:
» Wikipedia: Bjørnøya-ulykken


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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.
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