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Last updated: 28 July 2021
Datum:zondag 11 januari 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:United States Navy
Registratie: 2452
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 5
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Pearl Harbor NAS, HI (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Landing (LDG)
Soort vlucht:Militair
Vliegveld van vertrek:Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport (PLPA), Kleine afgelegen eilanden van de V.S.
Vliegveld van aankomst:Pearl Harbor NAS, HI, Verenigde Staten
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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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Palmyra Island Atoll-Cooper Airport en Pearl Harbor NAS, HI bedraagt 1767 km (1104 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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