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Last updated: 1 August 2021
Date:Thursday 22 December 1955
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Operator:Spartan Air Services
Registration: CF-EPX
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 6
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:off Kyleakin, Scotland (   United Kingdom)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Goose Bay Airport, NL (YYR/CYYR), Canada
Destination airport:Glasgow-Prestwick Airport (PIK/EGPK), United Kingdom
A Consolidated Catalina was damaged beyond repair when it sank just offshore Kyleakin, Scotland. The navigator went down with the plane and did not survive. The airplane was being ferried from Ottawa to India to conduct aerial survey flights on behalf of the Indian government.
The amphibian airplane made a forced landing at Kyleakin due to fuel shortage as a result of headwinds. It broke its moorings and drifted offshore. It quickly took on water and sank.

Fuel exhaustion
Forced landing outside airport

» Ottawa Citizen - Dec 22, 1955


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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Goose Bay Airport, NL to Glasgow-Prestwick Airport as the crow flies is 3497 km (2186 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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