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Date:Tuesday 21 September 1954
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Fuerza Aérea Dominicana - FAD
Registration: HI-24
MSN: 1802
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,5 km (1.6 mls) WSW off Isla Catalina (   Dominican Republic)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:San Isidoro Air Base (MDSI), Dominican Republic
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The PBY-5A Catalina, HI-24, sank off the coast of Isla Catalina, Dominican Republic. This was President Trujillo’s personal aircraft.
It has been told that the captain ordered the flight engineer to unscrew drain plug. The hull then filled with water causing the Catalina to sink.

Sources:
» Consolidated production list / G. Goodall
» Hundimiento del avion de Trujillo, PBY, Catalina HI-24 San Cristobal


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