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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 13 October 1984
Time:08:03
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-6A Catalina
Operator:Confederate Air Force
Registration: N16KL
C/n / msn: 63998
First flight:
Total airframe hrs:6457
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 7
Total:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 9
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Port Isabel, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Maneuvering (MNV)
Nature:Aerial Work (Calibration, Photo)
Departure airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Destination airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Narrative:
N16KL departed Harlingen for an aerial photo shoot. The mission called for a simulated water landing (an actual water landing was prohibited) by flying as close as possible to water. The co-pilot was at the controls descended to about 6 feet, then gradually reduced clearance to 6-12 inches above the water at an airspeed of 105 mph. Then the co-pilot inadvertently allowed the plane to touch the water. On touchdown, the Catalina decelerated violently and broke up, ejecting several of the occupants and coming to rest inverted.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
clearance..misjudged..copilot/second pilot
supervision..inadequate..pilot in command
door,landing gear..overload
door,landing gear..separation
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
terrain condition..water,glassy

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» NTSB


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