Airplane Crash - Rio De Janerio, Brazil 08/13/1939

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Rio de Janerio, Brazil


Date08/13/1939
Time16:35
LocationRio de Janerio, Brazil
OperatorPan American World Airways
RouteMiami - Rio de Janerio
TypeSikorsky S43 (flying boat)
RegistrationNC16933
Aboard16
Fatalities14
Ground0
SummaryThe plane lost power from the left engine, yawed to the left, and started a descending turn in the same direction. The plane continued to lose altitude and turn at a sharper and steeper angle until it struck a caisson anchored at right angles to a small island in the harbor immediately adjacent to its landing approach path. Loss of power from the left engine during the landing approach, necessitating an attempted landing under extremely hazardous conditions.

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