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Last updated: 24 September 2021
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:vendredi 3 octobre 1941
Heure:17:48
Type/Sous-type:Sikorsky S-42B
Compagnie:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Immatriculation: NC15376
Numéro de série: 4206
Année de Fabrication: 1936
Heures de vol:7832
Moteurs: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1690-S1EG Hornet
Equipage:victimes: 0 / à bord: 6
Passagers:victimes: 2 / à bord: 21
Total:victimes: 2 / à bord: 27
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:San Juan harbor (   Porto Rico)
Phase de vol: A l'atterrissage (LDG)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Intern.
Aéroport de départ:San Pedro de Macorís Seaplane Base, République Dominicaine
Aéroport de destination:San Juan (unknown airport), Porto Rico
Numéro de vol: 203
Détails:
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:

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


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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
 
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