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Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 14 October 1947
Time:10:04 UTC
Type:Boeing 314A
Operator:American International Airways
Registration: NC18612
MSN: 2086
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:12000
Engines: 4 Wright R-2600
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1390 km (868.8 mls) NE off Gander, NL, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Foynes, Ireland
Destination airport:Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Narrative:
The crew were afraid of fuel exhaustion because of strong headwind over the Atlantic and decided to land their flying boat next to a US Coast Guard weather ship. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair after colliding with the ship. The aircraft was sunk by gunfire since it constituted a hazard for surface vessels.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper flight planning under conditions of an excess gross weight, resulting in a landing at sea."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0088
» US Coast Guard documents


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accident date: 14-10-1947
type: Boeing 314A
registration: NC18612
 
This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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