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Last updated: 26 July 2021
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Datum:zaterdag 21 januari 1939
Tijd:ca 13:10
Type:Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat Mk II
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Imperial Airways
Registratie: G-ADUU
Constructienummer: S.812
Bouwjaar: 1936
Motoren: 4 Bristol Pegasus Xc
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 1 / inzittenden: 5
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 2 / inzittenden: 8
Totaal:slachtoffers: 3 / inzittenden: 13
Schade: Afgeschreven
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:460 km (287.5 mijl) SE van Port Washington, Long Island, NY (   Atlantische Oceaan)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Internationale lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Port Washington Seaplane Base, NY, Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Bermuda-Darrell's Island Seaplane Port, Bermuda
Beschrijving:
The Short S.23 Empire Flying Boat, named "Cavalier" took off at 10.38 a.m. About two hours later the captain decided to climb through a high cumulus cloud. While in clouds the engine power began to drop. He turned back towards Port Washington, hoping to regain a clear patch and thus cruise in more favourable conditions, but found that too much height had been lost to regain this patch and turned back on to his original course.
Flying in severe weather the airplane suffered a complete loss of power of the two inner engines and partial loss of power in the outboard engines. This was caused by carburettor icing.
A forced landing was carried out and the flying boat sank.
The tanker Esso Baytown was the first vessel to reach the scene of the accident and by midnight was able to report that she had picked up ten of the thirteen persons on board.

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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Port Washington Seaplane Base, NY en Bermuda-Darrell's Island Seaplane Port bedraagt 1230 km (769 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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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