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Accident description
Last updated: 18 August 2018
Status:
Date:Monday 25 April 1938
Time:20:18
Type:Sikorsky S-43B
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC16932
C/n / msn: 4323
First flight: 1936
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 12
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:16 km (10 mls) SE off Kingston (   Jamaica)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU/MUCU), Cuba
Destination airport:Kingston Airport (KIN/MKJP), Jamaica
Flightnumber: 105
Narrative:
On approach to Kingston, at an altitude of 1,600 feet, the flight crew of the S-43 switched the fuel selector when the left engine failed. Due to insufficient speed the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. The aircraft sank but all 18 on board were rescued.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the left engine as a result of a failure in the fuel system and failure of the airplane to maintain single engine flight."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: CAB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 68 days (2 months)
Accident number: Final report
Download report: Final report


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Distance from Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport to Kingston Airport as the crow flies is 246 km (154 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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