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Last updated: 6 July 2020
Estado:
Fecha:sábado 17 julio 1943
Hora:ca 01:00
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operador:United States Navy
Registración: 08051
Numéro de série:
Año de Construcción:
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 13
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 0
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 13
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:1,6 km (1 milles) NW de la costa de Vella Lavella (   Islas Salomón)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Militar
Aeropuerto de Salida:Henderson Field (HIR/AGGH), Islas Salomón
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Henderson Field (HIR/AGGH), Islas Salomón
Descripción:
A US Navy Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina took off from Henderson Field at 19:00 on July 16 for a 12 hour anti shipping search and patrol in the Shortland-Vella Lavella area.

At 01:00 on July 17 the port engine caught fire and the plane was forced to land in the water about one mile from the NW off Vella Lavella Island. On the second bounce during landing the port engine broke loose from the wing and tore through the side of the navigation compartment.
The crew evacuated and one crew member fired tracer shots from a machine gun into the bottom of the burning plane. The Catalina sank.

Fuentes:
» VP-54 Mishap List (vpnavy.com)


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