ASN Aircraft accident Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina N16KL Port Isabel, TX
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Saturday 13 October 1984
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Confederate Air Force
Registration: N16KL
MSN: 63998
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:6457
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port Isabel, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Aerial Work (Calibration, Photo)
Departure airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Destination airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
N16KL departed Harlingen for an aerial photo shoot. The mission called for a simulated water landing (an actual water landing was prohibited) by flying as close as possible to water. The co-pilot was at the controls descended to about 6 feet, then gradually reduced clearance to 6-12 inches above the water at an airspeed of 105 mph. Then the co-pilot inadvertently allowed the plane to touch the water. On touchdown, the Catalina decelerated violently and broke up, ejecting several of the occupants and coming to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

clearance..misjudged..copilot/second pilot
supervision..inadequate..pilot in command
door,landing gear..overload
door,landing gear..separation
terrain condition..water,glassy

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water



photo of Consolidated-PBY-6A-Catalina-N16KL
accident date: 13-10-1984
type: Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
registration: N16KL


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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