Crash of a Martin PBM-5S2 Mariner on Yakushima Island: 17 killed

Date & Time: Jun 9, 1954
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84779
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Iwakuni – Hong Kong
MSN:
84779
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
13
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
17
Circumstances:
Enroute from Iwakuni to Hong Kong, the airplane hit the slope of a mountain located on Yakushima Island. All 17 occupants have been killed. For unknown reason, the crew did not realize his altitude was insufficient and failed to sea the mountain.
Probable cause:
Controlled flight into terrain.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner near Caricitas: 10 killed

Date & Time: May 6, 1954
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
59106
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Brownsville - Corpus Christi
MSN:
59106
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The crew left Brownsville Airport on a navigation training mission over the Gulf of Mexico. Few minutes after his departure, the crew informed ground about his position southeast of Brownsville, enroute to Corpus Christi. As the radio contact was lost and the airplane failed to arrive in Corpus Christi, SAR operations were conducted. The wreckage was found on the slope of a 3,000 feet high mountain near Caricitas, State of Tamaulipas, Mexico. The aircraft was destroyed upon impact and all ten crew members were killed. For unknown reason, the aircraft was not following the assigned track for Corpus Christi.
Crew:
Lt Donald G. Teifer +9.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner in Cruillas: 10 killed

Date & Time: May 5, 1954 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
59143
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Brownsville - Brownsville
MSN:
59143
YOM:
1944
Country:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a training mission out from Brownsville Airport, a mission consisting of a familiarization with new navigation techniques. Enroute, the airplane hit a ridge located in the municipality of Cruillas, Tamaulipas. All ten crew members were killed.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5S2 Mariner off Jeju: 14 killed

Date & Time: Nov 10, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
85152
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Iwakuni - Iwakuni
MSN:
85152
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
10
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
4
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in a maritime patrol flight over the East China Sea. En route, the seaplane crashed in unknown circumstances off Jeju Island. The crew off the USS Swordknot noted black smoke about 10 km from his position and diverted to the point of impact. Few debris were found and all 14 occupants have been killed.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5S2 Mariner into the China Sea: 10 killed

Date & Time: Jul 30, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84760
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Sangley Point - Sangley Point
MSN:
84760
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
15
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
En route, while completing a maritime patrol flight over the South China Sea, the crew informed ground that the left engine caught fire and elected to return for an emergency landing. Shortly later, the seaplane crashed into the sea about 150 km west of Laoag, Philippines. Five crew members were rescued by the crew of a USCG Catalina while ten other occupants were killed.
Probable cause:
Left engine caught fire in flight.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5S Mariner off Adak: 12 killed

Date & Time: Jul 2, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
85158
Survivors:
No
MSN:
85158
YOM:
1945
Location:
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The crew was completing a maritime patrol flight over the North Pacific Ocean when the radio operator informed ATC he would divert to Adak for an emergency landing due to a fire on board. While approaching Adak Airport, the seaplane hit the water surface and crashed into the ocean few miles off shore, killing all 12 crew members.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner into the Atlantic Ocean: 11 killed

Date & Time: Mar 22, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
85151
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Juan – Plymouth
MSN:
85151
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
11
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances into the Atlantic Ocean about 200 km northeast of Turks & Caicos Islands while on a flight from San Juan to Plymouth, Massachusetts. All 11 occupants were killed.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5G Mariner off Swatow Island: 9 killed

Date & Time: Jan 18, 1953
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84738
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
MSN:
84738
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
9
Circumstances:
The seaplane was engaged in a rescue mission after a USN Neptune was shot down off the Swatow Island. All 11 crew members of the Neptune were transferred on board the USS Halsey Powell. While taking off from rough seas, the airplane went out of control and crashed, killing all nine crew members including the following five USCG personnel:
Ltjg G. W. Stuart,
Alc W. J. Hammond,
Al1 C. R. Tornell,
Ao1 J. R. Bridge,
Ad3 T. W. Miller.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner into the Japan Sea: 10 killed

Date & Time: Dec 26, 1952
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84787
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
84787
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
14
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
10
Circumstances:
While completing a maritime patrol flight over the Japan Sea, the crew encountered problem with an engine that caught fire in flight. The pilot-in-command elected to ditch the aircraft that eventually crashed into the sea about 160 km off Wonsan, North Korea. Ten crew members were killed while four others were rescued.
Crew:
Lt Dale Anderson, †
Lt Wayne Eugene Bancroft, †
Ens Donald E. McKinney,
Ad1 George E. Haigh Jr., †
Al2 John A. James, †
Ac2 Rufus L. Mounce, †
Al3 Robert L. Newman, †
Ad3 Joseph O. Smith,
Ad3 Robert W. Stapleton,
At3 Max E. Studer,
Am3 William D. Wynn, †
AN Ernest N. Franklin, †
Aoan Frederick C. Lynch, †
Aoan Clinton B. Macklin. †
Probable cause:
Engine fire.

Crash of a Martin PBM-5S Mariner near Iwakuni AFB: 14 killed

Date & Time: Aug 8, 1952
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
84782
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Sangley Point - Iwakuni
MSN:
84782
YOM:
1945
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
While approaching Iwakuni AFB by night, the airplane hit the slope of a mountain and disintegrated on impact. All 14 crew members were killed.