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

Date & Time: May 6, 1954


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.
Lt Donald G. Teifer +9.