Accident Boeing 314A NC18603, Monday 22 February 1943
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Date:Monday 22 February 1943
Type:Silhouette image of generic b314 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 314A
Owner/operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC18603
MSN: 1990
Year of manufacture:1939
Total airframe hrs:8505 hours
Engine model:Wright R-2600-3
Fatalities:Fatalities: 24 / Occupants: 39
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:off Lisboa -   Portugal
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Horta Airport, Azores (HOR/LPHR)
Destination airport:Lisboa-Cabo Ruivo Seaplane Base
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
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: "An inadvertent contact of the left wing tip of the aircraft with the water while making a descending turn preparatory to landing."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: final report
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


CAB File No. 2143-43


  • 22nd worst accident in 1943
  • worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time



photo (c) Naval History and Heritage Command; off Lisboa; February 1943

photo (c) Harris & Ewing; 1939; (publicdomain)

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