Accident description
Last updated: 26 October 2014
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 27 July 1943
Type:Sikorsky S-42B
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC16736
C/n / msn: 4209
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Manaus, AM (   Brazil)
Phase: Standing (STD)
Nature:Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
The "Bermuda Clipper" was fully loaded, with passengers and crew, ready for departure from Manaus, Brazil.
A fire developed in the carburetor of the No. 1 engine. The pilot directed the flight mechanic to pull the fire extinguisher handle. The mechanic pulled the fuel dump handle by mistake. Flaming gas fell from the carburetor onto the gas on the water, igniting it, and causing the loss of the plane.


Sources:
» Carter Page (E-mail, 24-12-2013)


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