Loss of control Accident Sikorsky S-43B NC16932, Monday 25 April 1938
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Date:Monday 25 April 1938
Type:Silhouette image of generic s43 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Sikorsky S-43B
Owner/operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC16932
MSN: 4323
Year of manufacture:1936
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 18
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:16 km SE off Kingston -   Jamaica
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Santiago-Antonio Maceo Airport (SCU/MUCU)
Destination airport:Kingston Airport (KIN/MKJP)
Investigating agency: CAB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
On approach to Kingston, at an altitude of 1,600 feet, the flight crew of the S-43 switched the fuel selector when the left engine failed. Due to insufficient speed the aircraft stalled and crashed into the sea. The aircraft sank but all 18 on board were rescued.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure of the left engine as a result of a failure in the fuel system and failure of the airplane to maintain single engine flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: CAB
Report number: Final report
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 months
Download report: Final report


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