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Date:Thursday 28 July 1938
Type:Martin M-130
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC14714
MSN: 556
First flight: 1934-12-30 (3 years 7 months)
Total airframe hrs:4806
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S2A5G
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Aircraft damage: Missing
Aircraft fate: Presumed damaged beyond repair
Location:E off Manila, Philippines (   Pacific Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Guam-Apra Harbor Seaplane Base, Guam
Destination airport:Manila Airport (MNL/RPLL), Philippines
Flightnumber:229
Narrative:
Martin flying boat "Hawaii Clipper" departed Alameda on a flight across the Pacific Ocean to Manila. Intermediate stops were made in Hawaii and Guam.
The airplane departed Guam at 11:39 (18:30 CST). The last radio contact was at 22:03 CST saying that it was 565 miles from the Philippine coast, flying through layers of clouds and moderately rough air.
The aircraft failed to arrive at Manila and a search was initiated.
On 30 July, the Unites States Army transport ship USAT Meigs discovered an oil slick approximately 28 nautical miles (52 kilometers) south-southeast of the flying boat’s last reported position. The slick was described as being approximately 1,500 feet (457 meters) in circumference. No physical evidence of the Martin M-130 has ever been found.
Search for the plane was called off on August 5, 1938.

Sources:
» thisdayinaviation.com
» Comb Ocean for Hawaii Clipper With 15 Aboard (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 1938-07-29)


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Distance from Guam-Apra Harbor Seaplane Base to Manila Airport as the crow flies is 2538 km (1586 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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