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Last updated: 23 October 2021
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 23 September 1967
Time:07:12
Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Oakland Centaurus
Operator:Bird Corp.
Registration: N7436C
MSN: 15-1502
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Palm Springs, CA (   United States of America)
Phase: Initial climb (ICL)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Palm Springs International Airport, CA (PSP/KPSP), United States of America
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The aircraft crashed after the no 13 piston of the right hand engine failed, resulting in exhaust and intake valves remaining open.

The aircraft was initially manufactured as a Locked PV-2D for the US Navy. After military service it was converted by Oakland Airmotive Corp to the non-pressurised Oakland Centaurus prototype.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
powerplant - engine structure: piston,piston rings
miscellaneous acts,conditions - material failure

Classification:
Forced landing outside airport

Sources:
» NTSB


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