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Last updated: 26 August 2019
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Date:Saturday 5 June 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Registration: NZ4006
C/n / msn: 1338
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Fiji (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), New Zealand
Narrative:
The flying boat departed from Lauthala Bay near Suva, Fiji at 04:30 on a ferry flight to Auckland. The Catalina never arrived at the destination. Some wreckage was found in the following few days on the islands south of Lauthala Bay.

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