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Last updated: 21 July 2018
Datum:Samstag 3 Oktober 1942
Flugzeugtyp:Vought-Sikorsky VS-44
Fluggesellschaft:American Export Airlines
Kennzeichen: NC41880
Werknummer: 4401
Baujahr: 1942
Triebwerk: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 5 / Insassen: 11
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 6 / Insassen: 26
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 11 / Insassen: 37
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:Botwood, NL (   Kanada)
Flugphase: Start (TOF)
Betriebsart:Internationaler Linienflug
Flug von:?
Flug nach:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Irland
Flugnummer: 71
Porpoised and crashed on takeoff.
The flying boat operated on a flight from New York to Shannon, Ireland with an en route stop at Botwood, Canada.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadvertent actuation of the wing flaps to the full 35° down position during the take-off run, thereby rendering the aircraft excessively nose-heavy and uncontrollable.

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