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Last updated: 20 October 2021
Status:Final
Date:Monday 18 August 1975
Time:13:10
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Confederate Air Force
Registration: N15KL
MSN:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 5
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Harlingen, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Test
Departure airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Destination airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Narrative:
The aircraft departed Harlingen for a test flight following the replacement of the right engine carburettor. The right engine quit after takeoff. The propeller was not feathered and the Catalina crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
powerplant - miscellaneous: powerplant failure for undetermined reasons
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
pilot in command - failed to obtain/maintain flying speed
FACTORS:
miscellaneous acts,conditions - improper emergency procedures
complete power loss - complete engine failure/flameout-1 engine
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on land

Sources:
» NTSB


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