Date & Time: Aug 15, 1939 at 1320 LT
Type of aircraft:
Lockheed 10 Electra
Scheduled Revenue Flight
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
London – Copenhagen – Stockholm – Hambourg
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
While flying some 80 km south of Copenhagen, the crew informed ATC about a fire on board and reduced his altitude. Due to a sudden hazardous situation, the captain attempted to ditch the aircraft into the sea, off the Vordingborg coast. The aircraft hit the water surface and before it came to rest, the copilot jump into the water. He was slightly injured and quickly rescued while the aircraft sunk rapidly. All five other occupants were killed, among them two employees from the Standard Oil Company based in New Jersey.
Fuel vapor ignited either in its cabin or the space in its port wing, necessitating a forced landing. The blaze was attributed to the leakage of gasoline from the overflow boxes, which in turn must have resulted from the overfilling of its fuel tanks. However, the cause of the ignition of the fuel could not be determined.