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Last updated: 19 April 2021
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Date:Tuesday 30 January 1945
Time:ca 20:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Catalina
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: JX367
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Richards Bay (   South Africa)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The Catalina had been engaged in a training flight out of Lake Mzingazi, South Africa. The aircraft bounced upon landing and the captain attempted to go around. It contacted trees and impacted the ground.
The plane crashed upon landing. Two crew members died, three were seriously injured.

Probable Cause:

The most probable cause of the accident is that the artificial horizon had toppled as a result of the heavy contact with the water. This resulted in a wing drop and the fatal crash.

Sources:
» The Fatal Catalina Flying Boat Crash in Lake Mzingazi-1945 / By Dr. JC van der Walt


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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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