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Fecha:domingo 14 enero 1979
Tipo:Silhouette image of generic G73 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Grumman G-73 Mallard
Operador:Trans Catalina Airlines
Registración: N95DF
Numéro de série: J-19
Año de Construcción: 1947
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 2
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 9
Total:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 11
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:Catalina Island-Avalon Bay Airport, CA (CIB) (   Estados Unidos de América)
Fase: Despegue (TOF)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Doméstico Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Catalina Island-Avalon Bay Airport, CA (AVX/KAVX), Estados Unidos de América
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA (LGB/KLGB), Estados Unidos de América
Grumman G-73 Mallard, named "Catalina Clipper", hit three waves hard during takeoff. The left wing broke off and the left engine tore away.
The plane sank as the occupants exited through the overhead hatch. A fishing boat was the first at the scene, Coast Guard moments later.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - selected unsuitable terrain
pilot in command - failed to abort takeoff
pilot in command - premature lift-off
miscellaneous acts,conditions - overload failure
miscellaneous acts,conditions - aircraft came to rest in water



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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 Catalina Island-Avalon Bay Airport, CA to Long Beach Municipal Airport, CA as the crow flies is 52 km (32 miles).

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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