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Accident description
Last updated: 22 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 6 February 1975
Time:21:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Unknown
Registration: N5588W
C/n / msn: 920
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Wikieup, AZ (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Executive
Departure airport:Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV (LAS/KLAS), United States of America
Destination airport:El Paso International Airport, TX (ELP/KELP), United States of America
Narrative:
Both engines lost power en route. The pilot attempted a forced landing beside a highway in the desert. The Catalina collided with a dirt bank and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE(S):
powerplant - miscellaneous: powerplant failure for undetermined reasons
pilot in command - failed to follow approved procedures,directives,etc.
FACTOR(S):
terrain - rough/uneven
miscellaneous acts,conditions - disregard of good operating practice
miscellaneous acts,conditions - failure of two or more engines
partial power loss - partial loss of power - 2 engines
emergency circumstances - forced landing off airport on land

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Las Vegas-McCarran International Airport, NV to El Paso International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 932 km (582 miles).

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