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Last updated: 1 December 2021
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Freitag 1 August 1997
Zeit:15:00
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Canadian Vickers PBV-1A Canso A (PBY-5A)
Fluggesellschaft:Airborne Fire Attack
Kennzeichen: N322FA
Werknummer: CV-560 
Baujahr:
Betriebsstunden:17427
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 0
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 2
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:San Vincente Reservoir, CA (   USA)
Flugphase: Manövrieren (MNV)
Betriebsart:Feuerbekämpfung
Flug von:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), USA
Flug nach:Santa Ana-John Wayne International Airport, CA (SNA/KSNA), USA
Unfallbericht:
The pilot had returned to the San Vicente reservoir after his third water bombing run and was in the process of scooping another load of water. The speed at touchdown was between 70 and 75 knots, with a left quartering tailwind blowing from 3 to 5 knots. After touching down, the aircraft had been on the water about 2 to 3 seconds when the pilot began to advance the throttle to takeoff power. The aircraft pitched forward from 3 degrees nose up until it reached about a 1-degree nose up attitude. As the pitch changed, he increased back pressure on the elevator control. The pilot said that about that time the aircraft encountered an approaching gust of wind that was visible on the surface of the water. The nose of the aircraft began to bowsuck and the cockpit floor split open and water began rushing into the cockpit between both crewmembers.
The wreckage is now stored at the Riverside-March Air Museum.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The implosion of the unlocked left nose gear door which resulted in the hydraulic disintegration of the forward fuselage. The cause of the locking pin actuator malfunction was not determine"

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 10 months
Accident number: LAX97LA270
Download report: Summary report

Informationsquelle:
» NTSB


Fotos

photo of Consolidated-PBY-5A Catalina-N322FA 
accident date: 01-08-1997
type: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
registration: N322FA 
 

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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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