Narrative:The aircraft nosed over in the Tagus River during a high speed taxi run after a water landing, to check the hull for leakage. The Catalina turned upside down, causing the fuselage to break behind the cockpit. The wing separated from the fuselage and the left engine broke off, penetrating the captain's side of the cockpit.
|Date:||Thursday 28 June 1979|
|Type:||Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina|
|C/n / msn:|| 2141|
|First flight:|| |
|Crew:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6|
|Total:||Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||off Alverca (Portugal)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
Philippe Cousteau, son of French explorer Jacques Cousteau, was killed in the accident.
» Wikipedia: Philippe Cousteau
The Catalina in a hangar at OGMA Alverca, one day before the accident
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.