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Date:vendredi 13 avril 1945
Heure:06:20
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing-Canada PB2B-1 Catalina
Compagnie:Royal New Zealand Air Force - RNZAF
Immatriculation: NZ4031
Numéro de série: 28120
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: / à bord:
Passagers:victimes: / à bord:
Total:victimes: 3 / à bord: 10
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Funafuti Lagoon (   Tuvalu)
Phase de vol: Au décollage (TOF)
Nature:Militaire
Aéroport de départ:?
Aéroport de destination:?
Détails:
While taking off along a swell in Funafuti Lagoon the Catalina flying boat began to porpoise. On becoming airborne the plane stalled from about 15 feet and fell heavily bow-first into the lagoon, half submerging and finally sinking in 85 feet of water. The crash was caused by a mishandling of the controls by the second Pilot through a misunderstanding between him and the Captain. Seven survivors were rescued by American and RNZAF crash boats.

Sources:
» NZ Serials
» Auckland Museum Cenotaph database


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