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Last updated: 28 July 2021
Date:Monday 22 February 1943
Time:18:47 UTC
Type:Boeing 314A
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC18603
MSN: 1990
First flight: 1939
Total airframe hrs:8505
Engines: 4 Wright R-2600-3
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:near Lisboa (   Portugal)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Horta Airport, Azores (HOR/LPHR), Portugal
Destination airport:Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport (LIS/LPPT), Portugal
Crashed while attempting to land when the left wingtip of the aircraft contacted the water of the River Tagus during a descending turn.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An inadvertent contact of the left wing tip of the aircraft with the water while making a descending turn preparatory to landing."

Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

» CAB File No. 2143-43


photo of Boeing-314A-NC18603
accident date: 22-02-1943
type: Boeing 314A
registration: NC18603

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Horta Airport, Azores to Lisboa-Portela de Sacavém Airport as the crow flies is 1686 km (1054 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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