Accident Sikorsky S-42B NC16736,
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Date:Tuesday 27 July 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic s42 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky S-42B
Owner/operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC16736
MSN: 4209
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants:
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:Manaus, AM -   Brazil
Phase: Standing
Departure airport:
Destination airport:
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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 and the pilot directed the flight mechanic to pull the fire extinguisher handle. The mechanic then 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. All occupants were able to evacuate the aircraft.


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