Airplane Crash - Botwood, Newfoundland 10/03/1942

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Botwood, Newfoundland


Date10/03/1942
Time19:05
LocationBotwood, Newfoundland
OperatorAmerican Export Airlines
Flight #71
RouteNew York - Botwood - Foynes, Ireland
TypeSirkorsky 44A (flying boat)
RegistrationNC41880
Cn/In4401
Aboard37
Fatalities11
Ground0
SummaryWhile attempting to takeoff, aircraft porpoised, attained a height of 35 ft. and then crashed into the water and broke up. Inadvertent actuation of the wing flaps to the full 35 degrees position during the take-off run, thereby rendering the aircraft excessively nose-heavy and uncontrollable.

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