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Accident description
Last updated: 16 October 2017
Status:
Date:Monday 19 January 1942
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Catalina I
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: Z2148
C/n / msn:
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 10
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:South Yell, Shetland Islands (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Military
Departure airport:Castle Archdale RAF Station, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Destination airport:Castle Archdale RAF Station, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
Narrative:
The crew of the Catalina had been briefed to carry out a sortie over the coast of Norway in order to locate the Kriegsmarine battleship "Tirpitz", and to bomb the ship. The pilot became disoriented and the plane crashed, killing 7 crew members while three survived.

Sources:
» Shetland Museum and Archives
» Air Crash Sites-Scotland


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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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