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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:
Date:Sunday 9 April 1950
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
Operator:Caribbean International Airways
Registration: VP-BAO
C/n / msn: 118
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:S off Kingston, Jamaica (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Nassau International Airport (NAS/MYNN), Bahamas
Destination airport:Kingston Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Narrative:
The aircraft was engaged on a ferry flight from Miami, USA to Kingston, Jamaica via Nassau, Bahamas following inspections and repairs. During the flight from Nassau to Kingston, both engine's failed and the aircraft was forced to alight on the sea south of Kingston. There were no injuries to the 4 crew. The aircraft later sank.

Probable Cause:

Findings:
(1) The primary cause of the accident was the failure of both engines due to stoppage of fuel supply. This resulted in a forced alighting in a heavy sea with subsequent damage due to which the aircraft sank.
(2) The accident Enquiry Board considers that the following were contributory factors to the accident:
(a) Incorrect installation of Fuel Shut Off cocks.
(b) Failure to rectify fuel sight gauges.
(c) Seizure of fuel selector valves precluding proper pre-flight fuel system checks in Miami and Nassau.
(d) Inadequate final handing over inspection of aircraft.
(e) Inadequate acceptance inspection of aircraft.
(f) Weather conditions at Kingston which precluded a more direct approach.



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Distance from Nassau International Airport to Kingston Airport as the crow flies is 788 km (493 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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