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Last updated: 27 September 2020
Date:Saturday 3 October 1942
Type:Vought-Sikorsky VS-44
Operator:American Export Airlines
Registration: NC41880
C/n / msn: 4401
First flight: 1942
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S1C3-G
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 11
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 26
Total:Fatalities: 11 / Occupants: 37
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Botwood, NL (   Canada)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:Shannon Airport (SNN/EINN), Ireland
Flightnumber: 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.

Loss of control

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