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Last updated: 21 October 2019
Estado:Final
Fecha:domingo 13 agosto 1939
Hora:16:35
Tipo:Sikorsky S-43B
Operador:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registración: NC16933
Numéro de série: 4324
Año de Construcción: 1936
Horas Totales de la Célula:3650
Motores: 2 Pratt & Whitney R-1690-S1EG Hornet
Tripulación:Fatalidades: 4 / Ocupantes: 4
Pasajeros:Fatalidades: 10 / Ocupantes: 12
Total:Fatalidades: 14 / Ocupantes: 16
Daños en la Aeronave: Anulado
Consecuencias: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Ubicación:ca 1 km N off Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU) (   Brasil)
Fase: Aproximación (APR)
Naturaleza:Vuelo Internacional Programado
Aeropuerto de Salida:Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES (VIX/SBVT), Brasil
Aeropuerto de Llegada:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brasil
Descripción:
The Sikorsky S-43B flying boat was operating on an international service from Miami, FL to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with en route stops at Antilla, Port-au-Prince, San Pedro de Macorís, San Juan, Port of Spain, Georgetown, Paramaribo, Cayenne, Bélem, São Luís, Fortaleza, Natal, João Pessoa, Recife, Maceió, Aracaju, Salvador, Caravelas and Vitória.
The flight was circling Rio de Janeiro for a normal approach when the left engine lost power. The airplane yawed to the left and started a descending turn. The turn became sharper and the airplane descended at a steeper angle until it struck a caisson at Ilha das Cobras, in Guanabara Bay and crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Loss of power from the left engine during landing approach necessitating an attempted landing under extremely hazardous conditions."



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Distance from Vitória-Goiabeiras Airport, ES to Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ as the crow flies is 417 km (261 miles).
Accident location: Exact; deduced from official accident report.

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