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Last updated: 22 April 2019
Date:Thursday 28 June 1979
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Philippe Cousteau
Registration: N101CS
C/n / msn: 2141
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Alverca (   Portugal)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The aircraft nosed over in the Rio Tejo (Tagus River) during a high speed taxi run after a water landing, to check the hull for leakage. The Catalina turned upside down, causing the fuselage to break behind the cockpit. The wing separated from the fuselage and the left engine broke off, penetrating the captain's side of the cockpit.
Philippe Cousteau, son of French explorer Jacques Cousteau, was killed in the accident.

It has also been suggested that the undercarriage was down during a water landing.

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