Narrative:The aircraft nosed over in the Rio Tejo (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|
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:|| Damaged beyond repair|
|Location:||off Alverca ( Portugal)
|Phase:|| Landing (LDG)|
Philippe Cousteau, son of French explorer Jacques Cousteau, was killed in the accident.
It has also been suggested that the undercarriage was down during a water landing.
» 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 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.