Accident Martin M-130 NC14714, Thursday 28 July 1938
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Date:Thursday 28 July 1938
Type:Silhouette image of generic m130 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Martin M-130
Owner/operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC14714
MSN: 556
Year of manufacture:1934
Total airframe hrs:4806 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney R-1830-S2A5G
Fatalities:Fatalities: 15 / Occupants: 15
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Aircraft missing, written off
Location:E off Manila, Philippines -   Pacific Ocean
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Guam-Apra Harbor Seaplane Base
Destination airport:Manila Airport (MNL/RPLL)
Martin flying boat "Hawaii Clipper" departed Alameda on a flight across the Pacific Ocean to Manila. Intermediate stops were made in Hawaii and Guam.
The airplane departed Guam at 11:39 (18:30 CST). The last radio contact was at 22:03 CST saying that it was 565 miles from the Philippine coast, flying through layers of clouds and moderately rough air.
The aircraft failed to arrive at Manila and a search was initiated.
On 30 July, the Unites States Army transport ship USAT Meigs discovered an oil slick approximately 28 nautical miles (52 kilometers) south-southeast of the flying boat’s last reported position. The slick was described as being approximately 1,500 feet (457 meters) in circumference. No physical evidence of the Martin M-130 has ever been found.
Search for the plane was called off on August 5, 1938.

Comb Ocean for Hawaii Clipper With 15 Aboard (Brainerd Daily Dispatch, 1938-07-29)


  • 11th worst accident in 1938
  • 3rd worst accident of this aircraft type
  • worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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