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Statuts:
Date:mardi 11 janvier 1938
Type/Sous-type:Sikorsky S-42B
Compagnie:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Immatriculation: NC16734
Numéro de série: 4207
Année de Fabrication:
Equipage:victimes: 7 / à bord: 7
Passagers:victimes: 0 / à bord: 0
Total:victimes: 7 / à bord: 7
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:120 km (75 milles) S de Pago Pago, American Samoa (   Océan Pacifique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Cargo
Aéroport de départ:Pago Pago International Airport (PPG/NSTU), Samoa américaines
Aéroport de destination:Auckland International Airport (AKL/NZAA), Nouvelle-Zélande
Détails:
A Sikorsky S-42B, named "Samoan Clipper" and registered NC16734, made the first air mail flight from New Zealand to Hawaii in January 1938.
The flying boat and its mail arrived in Honolulu on January 3, 1938, and just six days later it departed again for a return flight to Kingman Reef, Pago Pago, and Auckland.
About an hour after departing Pago Pago in the early morning hours of January 11, NC16734 suffered an oil leak and the crew decided to return to Pago Pago. Fully loaded with fuel for the long flight to Auckland, the ship was too heavy to land safely in Pago Pago's small harbor, and captain Musick decided to dump fuel to lighten the aircraft for landing. At some point during the fuel dumping operation the gasoline ignited and the Samoan Clipper was destroyed by an explosion, killing all 7 on board.

Sources:
» NZ History website
» Pan Am Across the Pacific


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photo of Sikorsky-S-42B-NC16734
accident date: 11-01-1938
type: Sikorsky S-42B
registration: NC16734
 
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