Airplane Crash - San Juan, Puerto Rico 10/03/1941

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - San Juan, Puerto Rico


Date10/03/1941
Time17:48
LocationSan Juan, Puerto Rico
OperatorPan American World Airways
Flight #203
RouteMiami - Buenos Aires
TypeSikorsky S-42B (flying boat)
RegistrationNC15376
Cn/In4206
Aboard15
Fatalities2
Ground0
SummaryFollowing the approach, the aircraft contacted the water in an unduly 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. The failure of the captain to exercise requisite caution and skill in landing. A contributing factor was 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.

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