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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Date:Tuesday 17 August 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:United States Navy
Registration: 2446
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:New Guinea (   Papua New Guinea)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The pilot was attempting to land the flying boat about three miles off shore from New Guinea to avoid heavy surf. The plane was full stalled at about 5 feet and dropped down on a crest of a swell. It bounced into the air coming down in the following trough. The starboard engine came out of its mount and dropped into sea, leaving connecting lines on fire. The plane eventually sank.

Loss of control

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