Accident description
Last updated: 29 November 2014
Status:
Date:Sunday 3 May 1964
Type:Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Kongelige Danske Flyvevåbnet
Registration: L-867
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 5
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) SW of Upernavik (   Greenland)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Thule Air Base (THU/BGTL), Greenland
Destination airport:Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport (SFJ/BGSF), Greenland
Narrative:
The Catalina operated on a trip from Air Station Værløse via Keflavik, Reykjavik, Mestersvig, Station North, Thule, Sonderstrom and back to Værløse. The flyinbg boat departed Værløse, Denmark on 20 April 1964. On 3 May 1964, en route from Thule to Sonderstrom, the airplane suffered an nr. 1 engine failure. Due to the Catalina’s single engine performance, the captain decided to make a precautionary landing when they discovered open water about 10 km south west from Upernavik. The crew was later rescued by a USAF SA-16 and brought to Sonderstrom. Two days later the Catalina was damaged beyond repair by the ice which had crushed the it.

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


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Distance from Thule Air Base to Kangerlussuaq-Søndre Strømfjord Airport as the crow flies is 1208 km (755 miles).

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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