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Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 20 October 2017
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Date:Wednesday 23 March 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Thomas Kendall
Registration: N5593V
C/n / msn: 1759
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Ras Alsheikh Hamid (   Saudi Arabia)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Private
Departure airport:-
Destination airport:-
Narrative:
In 1959 Mr. Kendall and his family departed on an around-the-world tour in their Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina N5593V. On March 22, 1960, the Catalina landed in the water near the Ras Alsheikh Hamid, Saudia Arabia, opposite of Sharm-el-Sheikh.
In the afternoon of the following day they were attacked by Bedouins attached to the Saudi Arabian army who fired machine guns and automatic firearms from a headland nearby. The airplane sustained some 300 bullet holes.
The occupants were thought to have been Israeli commandos. They were eventually taken to Jeddah, interrogated and finally set free with the help of the American Ambassador. The Catalina was abandoned on the beach.

The Catalina previously featured in the SOS Pacific movie, released in 1959.

Classification:
Destroyed on ground

Sources:
» Consolidated production list / G. Goodall
» LIFE 30 May 1960


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