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Last updated: 18 October 2021
Status:Final
Date:Monday 22 February 1943
Time:18:47 UTC
Type:Boeing 314A
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC18603
MSN: 1990
First flight: 1939
Total airframe hrs:8505
Engines: 4 Wright R-2600-3
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 12
Passengers:Fatalities: 19 / Occupants: 27
Total:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 39
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:off Lisboa (   Portugal)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Horta Airport, Azores (HOR/LPHR), Portugal
Destination airport:Lisboa-Cabo Ruivo Seaplane Base, Portugal
Narrative:
Crashed while attempting to land when the left wingtip of the aircraft contacted the water of the River Tagus during a descending turn.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "An inadvertent contact of the left wing tip of the aircraft with the water while making a descending turn preparatory to landing."

Classification:
Controlled Flight Into Terrain (CFIT) - Water

Sources:
» CAB File No. 2143-43


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photo of Boeing-314A-NC18603
accident date: 22-02-1943
type: Boeing 314A
registration: NC18603
photo of Boeing-314A-NC18603
accident date: 22-02-1943
type: Boeing 314A
registration: NC18603
 

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Horta Airport, Azores to Lisboa-Cabo Ruivo Seaplane Base as the crow flies is 1690 km (1056 miles).
Accident location: Global; accuracy within tens or hundreds of kilometers.

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