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Date:Saturday 11 April 1936
Time:05:10
Type:Sikorsky S-42
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC824M
C/n / msn: 4202
First flight: 1935
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 25
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Port of Spain (   Trinidad and Tobago)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Sikorsky S-42 flying boat, named "Puerto Rican Clipper", was damaged in an accident at Port of Spain, Trinidad. The flight originated in Miami, FL and was bound for Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Intermediate stops were planned at amongst others Port of Spain, Trinidad and Natal, Brazil.
It was taking off when the pilot saw a fishing boat in his path and swerved sharply to avoid it but one pontoon struck the boat and the plane reportedly overturned. Three occupants drowned.

Sources:
» El Litoral - Apr 11, 1936
» The Virgin Islands Daily News - Apr 17, 1936


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