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Last updated: 16 September 2021
Fecha:viernes 3 octubre 1941
Tipo:Sikorsky S-42B
Operador:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registración: NC15376
Numéro de série: 4206
Año de Construcción: 1936
Horas Totales de la Célula:7832
Motores: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1690-S1EG Hornet
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 0 / Ocupantes: 6
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 21
Total:Fatalidades: 2 / Ocupantes: 27
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:San Juan harbor (   Puerto Rico)
Fase: Aterrizaje (LDG)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:San Pedro de Macorís Seaplane Base, República Dominicana
Aeropuerto de Llegada:San Juan (unknown airport), Puerto Rico
Número de Vuelo: 203
Pan American World Airways Trip 203 originated at Miami, Florida, and was bound for Buenos Aires, Argentina, with numerous intermediate stops including those
at Antilla, Cuba; Port au Prince, Haiti; San Pedro de Macorís, Dominican Republic; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.
"Dominican Clipper" proceeded normally throughout its entire route except for becoming increasingly behind schedule. Following the approach to San Juan harbor, the airplane contacted the water in a nose-low attitude while moving sideways relative to the water. Almost immediately after first contact with the water the aircraft swerved violently to the right and broke into several major sections.

Probable Cause:

The failure of the captain to exercise requisite caution and skill in landing. The smooth surface of the water which rendered difficult the captain's depth perception, as well as the exact determination of any lateral movement of the aircraft, constituted a substantial contributing factor.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 105 days (4 months)
Accident number: SA-50
Download report: Final report


photo of Sikorsky-S-42B-NC15376
accident date: 03-10-1941
type: Sikorsky S-42B
registration: NC15376
photo of Sikorsky-S-42B-NC15376
accident date: 03-10-1941
type: Sikorsky S-42B
registration: NC15376
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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