Date & Time: Aug 15, 1941 at 1200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed L-414 Hudson
Operator:
Registration:
A16-8
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Training
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Darwin - Dawrin
MSN:
414-1859
YOM:
1940
Country:
Australia
Region:
Oceania
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
4
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training flight for the 13th Squadron. After simulating an aerial attack, the pilot made a high sink rate descent. Approaching the ground, he pulled up the control column but aircraft hit the ground with its left wing. The left engine was teared off and the pilot regain control for few seconds before the aircraft eventually crashed into the sea, some 250 metres off shore. All four occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Poor judgment on part of the pilot who did not evaluate correctly the distance with the ground while simulating an attack.