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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 65590
Last updated: 26 November 2021
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Type:Silhouette image of generic L37 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Lockheed PV-1 Ventura
Owner/operator:9 Sqn RNZAF
Registration: NZ4538
MSN: 5740
Fatalities:Fatalities: 7 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pallikulo Bay, Espiritu Santo -   Vanuatu
Phase: Manoeuvring (airshow, firefighting, ag.ops.)
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Engine failure.
NZ4538 was carrying out a practice bombing run when it flicked onto its back during a steep turn.
It dived into the sea killing all 7 POB.
Flight Lieutenant Gordon McLachlan, Flight Lieutenant Bernard O'Fagan, Flying Officer Maxwell Harwood, Flying Officer Lionel Wood, Pilot Officer Augustine Thurston, Lieutenant R. Fresb US Navy and Fireman A. Stinson US Navy.


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NZ Serials.

Revision history:

12-Jun-2009 00:12 angels one five Added
01-Oct-2009 14:54 angels one five Updated
08-Oct-2009 12:51 angels one five Updated
03-Aug-2011 18:15 angels one five Updated [Country, Source, Narrative]
17-Jan-2012 11:10 Nepa Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Source, Narrative]
15-Aug-2013 05:51 angels one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
07-Jan-2016 22:31 Angel dick one five Updated [Operator, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 07:03 angels one five Updated [Time, Cn]
07-May-2020 23:21 angels one five Updated [Narrative]

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