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Crash of a Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer in Colón: 7 killed

Accident description

  • Jan 6, 1954 at 2017 LT
  • Landing (descent or approach)
  • Military
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Colón, Colón
  • Panama
  • Central America
  • 14
  • 7
  • 0
  • 0
  • 7
  • On final approach by night to France Field Airport in Colón, the airplane hit tree tops and crashed in a dense wooded area located 1,200 meters short of runway 36. Seven crew members were killed while seven others were injured.
    Crew:
    Lt Stephen E. Griffin, †
    Michael R. Paveslch, †
    A1c Clarence Fry, †
    A3c John R. Parmenter Jr., †
    A3c Robert C. Kratt, †
    A3c Harold T. Lane, †
    Arthur L. Manor, †
    Lt John E. Tochey,
    Lt Robert J. Bixler,
    A1c Robert D. Ross Jr.,
    A1c Robert V. Delke,
    A2c Kenneth D. Klewer,
    A2c Andrew R. Hinkle,
    A3c Clarence H. Schneider.