Site Layout

The geophysical data for site WA 1001 shows two main anomalies. The largest of these which is 25m x 10m. A number of smaller anomalies were detected within of 25m-50m of the main anomaly. Another large anomaly, measuring 6m x 1m lies about 180m to the NE. The resolution of the data is not high enough to discern the exact shape and nature of these anomalies.
As a result of the weather conditions and low underwater visibility, only the main anomaly could be dived in the time available. The low visibility made it very difficult to understand the wreck layout. The wreck plan on this webpage only represents the main anomaly.
The most prominent features on the site are the remains of four aircraft engines which are still attached to the wings or sections of them.
Wing 1 is lying in a NW-SE orientation in the east of the site. The two engines designated Engine 1 and Engine 2 are still attached to the wing and are about 3m apart.
The second wing (Wing 2) appears to be less complete. It lies in a NE-SW orientation about 11m to the west of Wing 1. Engine 3 is still attached to the wing, but Engine 4 could not be positioned accurately.
The fuselage of the plane has broken up but seems to extend in a W-E orientation just north of the wings. Most of the surviving structure is partially or fully buried. What is visible may have been uncovered recently. This is also suggested by the presence of numerous textiles, including American clothing, on and around the site.
No bombs or machine gun ammunition were observed. However, ordnance may be present and the potentially dangerous character of the site should be noted.
No human remains have been sighted during the two ROV dives, but the presence of well preserved clothing on the site makes it very likely some or all of the crew were still aboard the plane when it crashed.