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Last updated: 23 January 2021
Datum:maandag 14 augustus 1961
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Registratie: N10019
Constructienummer: 1697
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 0
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 3
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:nabij Walterboro Municipal Airport, SC (RBW) (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Ferry
Vliegveld van vertrek:Walterboro Municipal Airport, SC (RBW/KRBW), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Charleston Municipal Airport, SC (CHS/KCHS), Verenigde Staten
The aircraft was to be ferried from Walterboro to Charleston, South Carolina after a period of non-use, except one flight, of about two years. Following takeoff and two circles of the airport, course was set for Charleston at an altitude of about 1,000 feet. Shortly thereafter the left engine followed by the right began to surge and lose power. In the attempt to reach an open field beyond trees the aircraft stalled and crashed.
Examination of the wreckage revealed water contamination of the fuel system of the aircraft. Evidence of water was found in the left main fuel feed line and cylinders of the left engine. The right carburettor screen was excessively corroded and a fuel sample showed pronounced evidence of water. Cylinders of the right engine revealed water.
The left and right fuel selector valve screen showed no evidence of having been pulled and cleaned and there was water present in both screens. The refueling facility from which the aircraft had been refueled was examined for water but none was found. From the above evidence it was obvious that water contamination caused the power failure and that preparation of the aircraft for the flight after a prolonged period of non-use was inadequate.

Probable Cause:

Probable Causes: (1) Power failure of both engines caused by fuel contamination . (2) Inadequate preflight preparation of the fuel system following a prolonged period of nonuse of the aircraft.

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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 Walterboro Municipal Airport, SC en Charleston Municipal Airport, SC bedraagt 56 km (35 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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