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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 59957
Last updated: 9 April 2019
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Time:9:02 pm
Type:Swallow Special Monoplane
Owner/operator:Captain William P. Erwin
Registration: NC 1731
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Pacific Ocean, about 650 miles west of Oakland, CA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Oakland, CA
Destination airport:Honolulu, HI
William Erwin had entered his Swallow monoplane named ' Dallas Spirit ' in the Dole air race from Oakland to Honolulu.

The big, silver and green plane had taken off on the opening day of the race on August 16th, but turned back to Oakland with about 6 feet of fabric stripped from the side of the fuselage.
Repairs could not be carried out before the final day for take-offs, the 18th, but Bill Erwin announced that he was going to leave for Hawaii and carry on to Manila and Hong Kong.
On the leg to Hawaii he intended to look for the two missing planes, Golden Eagle and Miss Doran.

Accordingly the Swallow departed on the 19th, with the navigator Alvin H. Eichwaldt keeping the outside world informed of progress by frequent Morse Code messages.
At 9:02 p.m. the following was heard : " This is Dallas Spirit. We went into a tailspin- SOS - belay that,
we came out of it, but were sure scared. It was a close call. The lights on the instrument panel went out and it was so dark that Bill couldn't see the... we are in a spin - SOS ".

A search by ships found no trace of the Dallas Spirit or its crew.


Revision history:

11-May-2009 17:11 angels one five Added
12-May-2009 23:01 angels one five Updated
13-May-2009 01:20 angels one five Updated
24-Oct-2011 12:52 harro Updated [Time, Aircraft type, Registration, Operator, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Embed code, Narrative]
28-Dec-2011 01:06 angels one five Updated [Time, Embed code, Narrative]
12-Jan-2018 12:13 harro Updated [Source, Embed code, Narrative]

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