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Last updated: 23 September 2021
Datum:zondag 22 juli 1973
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321B
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registratie: N417PA
Constructienummer: 18959/470
Bouwjaar: 1966
Aantal vlieguren:27314
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 10 / inzittenden: 10
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 68 / inzittenden: 69
Totaal:slachtoffers: 78 / inzittenden: 79
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:3 km (1.9 mijl) NE van Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT), Tahiti (   Frans PolynesiŽ)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Papeete-Faaa Airport (PPT/NTAA), Frans PolynesiŽ
Vliegveld van aankomst:Los Angeles International Airport, CA (LAX/KLAX), Verenigde Staten
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:
Investigating agency: BEA
Status: Investigation completed
Accident number: Report n-pa730722
Download report: Final report

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

Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Papeete-Faaa Airport en Los Angeles International Airport, CA bedraagt 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 Networkís 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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