Accident Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina 2452,
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Date:Sunday 11 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Owner/operator:United States Navy
Registration: 2452
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Pearl Harbor NAS, HI -   United States of America
Phase: Landing
Departure airport:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA)
Destination airport:Pearl Harbor NAS, HI
While being based at Palmyra Island, the PBY-5 struck a coral reef resulting in extensive damage to underside of hull and the keel. Temporary repairs were effected and on 11 January 1942 the aircraft took off to return to Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
It arrived there after dark. Blackout restrictions were enforced on the seadrome and landing lights were refused. A normal landing was made on glass surface in complete darkness in a restricted channel, but with a nose down attitude according to witnesses. The Catalina probably hooked a wingtip float, and was thrown violently on it back, in which position it was found by the crash-boat standby. It later sank. Three of the five crew were killed.


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