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1939 Pan Am Sikorsky S 43 crash

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Passengers  12
Survivors  2
Date  13 August 1939
Survivor  2
Crew count  4
Fatalities  14
Aircraft type  Sikorsky S-43B
Number of deaths  14
Passenger count  12
Location  Guanabara Bay
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Summary  Engine failure resulting in a loss of control
Site  Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Operator  Pan American World Airways

The 1939 Pan Am Sikorsky S-43 crash occurred on August 13, 1939, when a Pan Am Sikorsky S-43B aircraft en route from Miami to Rio de Janeiro crashed into Rio's Guanabara Bay, killing 14 of the 16 people on board.

Flight history

The aircraft involved was a three-year-old Sikorsky S-43B airliner registered NC16933. It had first flown in 1936, and had accumulated a total of 3,650 flight hours during its career.

The aircraft took off from Miami on a scheduled international passenger flight to Rio de Janeiro, with many stopovers across the Caribbean and South America. As it neared its destination, the aircraft circled Rio in preparation for a normal approach. As it was circling, however, the left engine lost power, putting the aircraft into a descending left yaw turn. As the yaw grew sharper, the pitch angle also steepened until the aircraft struck a caisson and crashed into Guanabara Bay, about one kilometer from Rio's Santos Dumont Airport. Of the twelve passengers and four crew members, only two passengers survived.

References

1939 Pan Am Sikorsky S-43 crash Wikipedia


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