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Last updated: 27 September 2021
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 22 julio 1973
Hora:22:06
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321B
Operador:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registración: N417PA
Numéro de série: 18959/470
Año de Construcción: 1966
Horas Totales de la Célula:27314
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 10 / Ocupantes: 10
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 68 / Ocupantes: 69
Total:Fatalidades: 78 / Ocupantes: 79
Daños en la Aeronave: Destruido
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:3 km (1.9 milles) NE de la costa de Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT), Tahiti (   Polinesia Francesa)
Fase: En ruta (ENR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT/NTAA), Polinesia Francesa
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), Estados Unidos de América
Número de Vuelo:PA816
Descripción:
PanAm flight PA816 was a regular flight from Auckland (AKL) to Los Angeles (LAX) with an intermediate stop at Papeete, Tahiti (PPT).
Boeing 707 "Clipper Winged Racer" took off from runway 04 at Papeete-Faaa Airport for its second leg of the flight. The airplane climbed to a height of 300 feet and initiated a left turn. It began to descend with an excessive bank turn and struck the sea. The wreckage sank into the 700 m deep waters off Papeete. Both CVR and FDR were not recovered.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: Unknown. It is considered possible that an instrument failure may have diverted the crew's attention during the turn. Since it was dark outside and the turn was made towards the sea. No visual references were available.

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report n-pa730722
Download report: Final report

Fuentes:
» Aviation Disasters / D. Gero (p. 118)
» Flight International 28 May 1977 (1472)


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photo of Boeing-707-321B-N417PA
accident date: 22-07-1973
type: Boeing 707-321B
registration: N417PA
 

Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Papeete-Faaa Airport to Los Angeles International Airport, CA as the crow flies is 6587 km (4117 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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