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Last updated: 11 August 2020
Datum:Dienstag 14 Oktober 1947
Zeit:10:04 UTC
Flugzeugtyp:Boeing 314A
Fluggesellschaft:American International Airways
Kennzeichen: NC18612
Werknummer: 2086
Baujahr: 1941
Triebwerk: 4 Wright R-2600
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 7
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 62
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 69
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:1390 km (868.8 Meilen) NE vom Land entfernt von Gander, NL, Canada (   Atlantischer Ozean)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Internationaler außerplanmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Foynes, Irland
Flug nach:Gander Airport, NL (YQX/CYQX), Kanada
The crew were afraid of fuel exhaustion because of strong headwind over the Atlantic and decided to land their flying boat next to a US Coast Guard weather ship. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair after colliding with the ship. The aircraft was sunk by gunfire since it constituted a hazard for surface vessels.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper flight planning under conditions of an excess gross weight, resulting in a landing at sea."

» CAB File No. 1-0088
» US Coast Guard documents


photo of Boeing-314A-NC18612
accident date: 14-10-1947
type: Boeing 314A
registration: NC18612
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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