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Last updated: 7 December 2021
Date:Tuesday 1 February 1944
Type:Silhouette image of generic CAT model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Consolidated Catalina
Operator:Royal Air Force - RAF
Registration: AJ160
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 10 / Occupants: 10
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:2,6 km (1.6 mls) W off Kelai Island (   Maldives)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
The plane, destined to search for survivors of the sunken vessel SS Port Buckingham, crashed on takeoff. All ten occupants died in the crash. The aircraft came to rest in 50 feet of water.

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