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Last updated: 23 August 2019
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Date:Saturday 27 January 1945
Time:10:58
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: NZ4022
C/n / msn: 1470
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 4 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 12 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) S off Beqa Island (   Fiji)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Lauthala Bay SPB (NFLB), Fiji
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
Spun into sea 10 miles south of Beqa Island (also known as Mbengga Island), Fiji while operating with the RNZAF No.6 Squadron. During a post maintenance test flight the aircraft was deliberately stalled at 5500 feet but entered an uncontrollable spin and dived into the sea.

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