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Date:Tuesday 7 September 1965
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-2 Harpoon
Operator:Micronesian Airlines
Registration: N7671C
MSN: 15-1120
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Passengers:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 3
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hayward Municipal Airport, CA (HWD) (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Departure airport:Hayward Municipal Airport, CA (HWD/KHWD), United States of America
Destination airport:?
The aircraft was initially manufactured as a Lockheed PV-2 for the US Navy. After military service it was converted by Oakland Airmotive Corp for civilian use, including some modifications used in the Oakland Centaurus.
Errors made in modification work and loading resulted in an out of limits aft Centre of Gravity. The aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff while on a delivery flight to Micronesian Airlines.

Probable Cause:

personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: improper maintenance (maintenance personnel)
personnel - maintenance,servicing,inspection: inadequate inspection of aircraft (maintenance personnel)
pilot in command - inadequate preflight preparation and/or planning
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improperly loaded aircraft-weight-and/or c.g.
miscellaneous acts,conditions - unapproved modification

Centre of Gravity outside limits

Loss of control



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