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Last updated: 24 June 2021
Datum:Samstag 15 Januar 1994
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Canso A (PBY-5A)
Fluggesellschaft:The Catalina Company
Kennzeichen: N5404J
Werknummer: 22022 
Baujahr: 1943
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:150 km (93.8 Meilen) N vom Land entfernt von Christmas Island (   Pacific Ocean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Flug von:Hilo International Airport, HI (ITO/PHTO), USA
Flug nach:Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT/NTAA),
A PBY-5A Catalina had been acquired in 1993 and was to be ferried from the U.S. to the owners in New Zealand. The crew flew from Los Angeles International (LAX) to Hilo (ITO), Hawaii. They arrived at Hilo at 16:40 local, 13. January 1994. The next leg was from Hilo to Papeete/Taihiti (PPT)the next day.
En route, no. 1 engine problems forced the crew to divert to Christmas Island. The engine failed completely somewhat later. With a maximum load of fuel on board for the long distance flight, it was impossible for the aircraft to maintain altitude. Weighed down by its remaining 1000 gallons of fuel, the Catalina progressively lost height until a forced landing had to be carried out mid-Pacific. The airplane sank four hours later. All 7 crew members were rescued eight hours later.

» PBY Catalina International Association Newsletter 1994 Volume 6, #1 (p9)
» Klaus Hagius/Informations-Zentrum Luftfahrt (IZL) (E-mail 21-8-2007)
» VdL Nachrichten Mrz 2005
» Flight International 2-8 Febriary 1994 (p.18)


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Distance from Hilo International Airport, HI to Papeete-Faaa Airport as the crow flies is 4163 km (2602 miles).

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