See a Flying Boat From Nic Cage Film Stuck on a Beach
Filming a movie is tricky business, especially when it involves a vintage aircraft staged out on the ocean. The people working on the new Nic Cage move USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor learned this the hard way when the vintage Catalina PBY being used as a prop started taking on water. The flying boat was one mile off shore when the problems started. It began taking on water and divers were sent to inspect the plane and try to keep it afloat. The crew pulled the boat to the beach and started pumps running to get the water out, but the pumps weren't fast enough. The plane sank on the beach where even a backhoe couldn't get it out of the water because the lines they used weren't strong enough. RELATED: See The Cosmic Muffin Plane-Turned-Boat
The Catalina flying boat plays a big role in the film as it was one of the crafts used to rescue sailors from the USS Indianapolis after it was hit by torpedoes during World War II. Only 321 of 1196 crew members survived the attack, which occurred less than a week after delivering crucial components for the Little Boy atomic bomb on Tinian Island. Lack of water, sun exposure, and the shark attacks took the lives of many of the men before rescuers arrived.
According to Jalopnik, the film crew was on-site with the beached plane attempting to film. It's unclear when they'll be removing the plane from the beach, but hopefully they safely free it before the ocean does too much damage to the vehicle.
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