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Last updated: 19 October 2017
Datum:zaterdag 3 oktober 1942
Type:Vought-Sikorsky VS-44
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:American Export Airlines
Registratie: NC41880
Constructienummer: 4401
Bouwjaar: 1942
Motoren: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 5 / inzittenden: 11
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 26
Totaal:slachtoffers: 11 / inzittenden: 37
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:Botwood, NF (   Canada)
Fase: Start (TOF)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:?
Vliegveld van aankomst:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ierland
Vluchtnummer: 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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