Date & Time: Jul 29, 1938 at 0411 LT
Type of aircraft:
Martin M.130
Operator:
Registration:
NC14714
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
San Francisco – Honolulu – Agana – Manila
MSN:
556
YOM:
1934
Flight number:
PA229
Country:
World
Region:
World
Crew on board:
9
Crew fatalities:
9
Pax on board:
6
Pax fatalities:
6
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
15
Captain / Total flying hours:
1900
Copilot / Total flying hours:
1650
Aircraft flight hours:
4757
Circumstances:
The seaplane was on a transpacific flight from San Francisco to Manila with two intermediate stops in Hawaii and Guam Island. En route, the aircraft disappeared into the ocean. SAR were conducted but eventually suspended after few days as no trace of the aircraft nor the 15 occupants was found. The seaplane was christened 'Hawaiian Clipper'.
Crew:
Leo Terletsky, pilot,
Mark A. Walker, copilot,
George M. Davis, Second Officer,
Jose M. Sauceda, Third Officer,
John W. Jewett, Fourth Officer,
William McGarty, Radio,
Howard L. Cox, Engineer,
T. B. Tatum, Assistant Engineer,
Ivan Parker, Steward.
Passengers:
Earl B. McKinley,
Fred C. Meier,
Edward E. Wyman,
Kenneth A. Kennedy,
Howard C. French,
Choy Wah Sun.
Probable cause:
In conclusion, it appears that the only definite facts established up to the present time, are that between 0411 and 0412 G.C.T on July 29, was a failure of communication between the ground and the Clippers. Communication was not thereafter reestablished, and that no trace of the aircraft has since been discovered. A number of theories have been advanced about the possible basic cause of or reason for the disappearance of the Clipper. The Board has considered each of them. Some have not been disproved and some have been contradicted by the facts. However, the Investigating fecls that this report cannot properly include a discussion of conjection unsupported by developed facts. The Board, therefore, respectfully submit this report with the thought that additional evidence may yet be discovered and the investigation completed at that time.
Final Report: