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MishapsMISHAPs: 03 SEP 42 A/C: PB2Y-3 Coronado LOCATION: NAS Alameda, California Strike: Yes BUNO: 7049 CAUSE: Shortly after plane left morning buoy and during process of starting engines, some member of the crew unknowingly touched one of the unguarded float retracting buttons. Ship was heavily loaded causing the wing tip float to ride very low in the water. Due to restricted visibility from cockpit and inadequate "Floats Up" warning light, the retracted floats were not noticed until ship was assuming an acute port list. Pilot immediately took action to re-lower the floats causing wing to come up again. Engines were run up, tested, take-off effected, floats retracted and trip completed. Upon return to base, it was discovered the floats did not "seat" all the way when in retracted position. Damage was not discovered in flight because floats were not visible from inside plane when in "up" position. Minor damage: Lower V strut and upper actuating arm of port wing tip float assembly bent and twisted preventing setting of float when in fully retracted position. Crew & passengers Ok: Pilot: LCDR E. J. Greer, LT C. R. Meyers, LCDR L. L. Juelson, LT R. Knowles, CDR S. L. Lahach, ACMM. J. Agersinger, ACRM. D. R. Lane, AMM2 C. H. Taylor, and ACRM Adams..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [15MAY2004]

MishapsMISHAPs: 01 DEC 42 A/C: PB2Y-3 Coronado LOCATION: NAS Alameda, California Strike: Yes BUNO: 7047 CAUSE: Landing and take-offs were being practiced at time of take-off. Ship was in normal left turn, then starboard engine was heard to surge badly. #4 engine was found at fault. As surging started steep went into a right turn in spite of fact that full left aileron, rudder and rudder tab were applied. Pilot reduced port engine power in a further attempt to straighten ship out. This measure failed and a forced landing was made. Landing was made in a right skidding turn which caused starboard wing float to be torn off and wing tip damaged. After #4 engine was run up and a definite slipstream was observed in the water forward of subject engine proving beyond any question that the propeller was in reverse pitch. Engine was then cut off. Damage minor: Starboard float assembly torn off on landing, with resulting damage to wing tip and aileron. Miscellaneous hull damage, keelson buckled, bulkhead #5 buckled, three belt frames buckled. Crew & passengers ok: Pilot: LT J. R. Mackroth, USN, LT M. A. Lein, USN, LT A. C. Habberley, USNR, LT(jg) G. R. Raft, AMM1 E. R. Ringer, AMM3 V. M. Cameron, ACRM James D. Odom, ARM3 C. L. Christie, AMM2 J. A. Chaney, AMM1 H. I. McGavin, AMM2 C. W. Hoke, AMM1 C. M. Lowley, CEM A. W. Simpson (PA), and AMM3 Hugo E. Filleppa..." Contributed by Terry pb4y-2@sbcglobal.net [16MAY2004]


MishapsMISHAPs: 00 XXX 57 A/C: R3Y-1 Location: NAS Alameda, California Strike: NO BUNO: Unknown

"...Crashed on breakwater at NAS Alameda, California in 1957..." Contributed by WIESER, Ray rwieser@comcast.net [Photograph's Added Updated 30SEP2009 | 29SEP2009}


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MishapsMISHAPs: 24 JAN 58 A/C: R3Y-1 Location: Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu, Hawaii Strike: YES BUNO: 128446 Contributed by RAGSDALE, Homer C. c/o His Son Randy Ragsdale rwragsdale@gmail.com [07JUL2002]

The following is an excerpt from a letter my Dad, Homer Ragsdale ( a Lt CDR in 1958), wrote on 14 April 1958 in response to a gentleman requesting information on a crash landing he had in a R3Y-1 BUNO 128446.

The “Indian Ocean Tradewind”, an R3Y-1, departed Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu, Hawaii, at 0056 (Honolulu time), 24 January 1958, destination, Naval Air Station, Alameda, California, on board was 16,000 lbs of cargo. Estimated flight time enroute was 6 hours and 21 minutes. I was the assigned Transport Plane Commander for the flight. CDR E. B. Binkley, USN, VR-2's Alameda – Honolulu- Alameda Route Check Pilot, was assigned to the flight to administer a route check flight to me, also, he was assigned as the First Pilot of the flight. Transport pilots are route checked periodically to assure that certain qualifications are current. Also aboard was our Squadron Commander, Captain N. L Broyles, USN, who was returning to Alameda after an inspection of our Keehi Lagoon facilities.

At the time the propeller was lost, we were cruising at 21,000 feet, pressure altitude, the time was approximately 0520 (Honolulu time), this being about 15 minutes before sunrise twilight time at our position and altitude. The propeller come off with an explosive sound without warning and tore a large hole in the fuselage. Following the explosive sound was the explosive decompression and blackout. Power on the operating engines was reduced to facilitate flight control. With the power retarded to near flight idle we commenced to descend to 500 feet per minute to 16,000 ft. By this time, twilight was with us and a horizon was visible.

The radio operator broadcasted our distress message as soon as we got a transmitter back into operation. No personnel aboard were injured. Our next step was to survey the damage. We sustained damage to the fuselage, electrical system and flight control system. Our primary flight instruments were inoperative. We now felt that continued flight to Alameda was probable, though even with flight control difficulties. The San Francisco Bay area weather was poor, low ceilings and rain that was accompanied by south easterly winds over 20 knots. Flight was continued at 16,000 feet to the Farrallon Island radio beacon on top of all clouds. We found a break in the clouds over the bay. A descent was made in accordance with visual flight rules. On touch down numbers one and four engine propellers were positioned in the reverse thrust position to shorten the landing, however, due to the in-flight damage, the number one propeller did not reverse, this caused the aircraft to swerve sharply to the fight and towards the sea wall. All crew members were at their ditching station. Power was applied to the number four engine to straighten the aircraft's path down the lagoon and away from the rocks. All engines across the board were then shut down. Number one was still funning due to in-flight damage to its controls. The ship pulled to the right sharply, we attempted to pull the nose over the roc ks, it just cleared, the hull contacted the break water just forward of the pilots compartment. All crew members exited the aircraft without and injuries.

Our enroute time (even though slowed down for the last 475 miles) was five hours and fifty-four minutes from the take off at Keehi Lagoon, Honolulu to San Francisco. The “Indian Ocean” had beaten the record time for any transport aircraft between Honolulu and San Francisco, this includes all military or commercial prop driven aircraft. I do not know what caused the propeller leave the aircraft. The investigation is still in process.

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