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Accident description
Last updated: 20 November 2017
Date:Saturday 10 August 1963
Time:19:36 UTC
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Kongelige Danske Flyvevåbnet
Registration: L-865
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 13 / Occupants: 13
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Kap Desolation (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Narsarsuaq Airport (UAK/BGBW), Greenland
Destination airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF), Greenland
The Catalina flying boat collided with a mountain during a flight from Narsarsuaq (also known as 'Bluie West One') and Søndre Strømfjord (also known as 'Bluie West Eight').

» Temahæfte nr.1 Catalina ISSN 0109-8292
» Erik Thingbo (25-11-2011)


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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 Narsarsuaq Airport to Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport as the crow flies is 694 km (434 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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