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Last updated: 17 November 2018
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Sonntag 22 Juli 1973
Zeit:22:06
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321B
Fluggesellschaft:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Kennzeichen: N417PA
Werknummer: 18959/470
Baujahr: 1966
Betriebsstunden:27314
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 10 / Insassen: 10
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 68 / Insassen: 69
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 78 / Insassen: 79
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:3 km (1.9 Meilen) NE vom Land entfernt von Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT), Tahiti (   French Polynesia)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT/NTAA),
Flug nach:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), USA
Flugnummer:PA816
Unfallbericht:
PanAm flight PA816 was a regular flight from Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) with an intermediate stop at Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).
Boeing 707 "Clipper Winged Racer" took off from runway 04 at Papeete-Faaa Airport for it's second leg of the flight. The airplane climbed to a height of 300 feet and initiated a left turn. It began to descend with an excessive bank turn and struck the sea. The wreckage sank into the 700 m deep waters off Papeete. Both CVR and FDR were not recovered.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Unknown. It is considered possible that an instrument failure may have diverted the crew's attention during the turn. Since it was dark outside and the turn was made towards the sea. No visual references were available.

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report n-pa730722
Download report: Final report

Informationsquelle:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 118)
» Flight International 28 May 1977 (1472)


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Distance from Papeete-Faaa Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 6587 km (4117 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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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