Date & Time: Sep 13, 1932
Type of aircraft:
Sikorsky S-38
Operator:
Registration:
NC159H
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Private
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
New York – London
MSN:
114-19
YOM:
1929
Country:
Greenland
Region:
Europe
Crew on board:
2
Crew fatalities:
0
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Owned by the American Lt Colonel George R. Hutchinson, the aircraft was on its way from New York to London for a private and nonstop transatlantic flight with seven passengers and a crew of two on board. En route, crew encountered snow falls and the aircraft was too heavy due to snow. Pilot attempted an emergency landing off the Greenland coast but after landing, aircraft hit an iceberg and was damaged. Several distress calls were sent but the aircraft moved on a rough sea. The aircraft was eventually localized by the crew of a British fishing trawler christened 'Lord Talbot' on September 18, five days after the accident. All nine occupants were rescued and repatriated to Europe. Lt Colonel Hutchinson was travelling with his wife Blanche and his two girls, Kathryn (8) and Janet Lee (6). The aircraft was lost and abandoned as a wing was sheared off.
Crew:
Lt Colonel George R. Hutchinson 1.
Passengers:
Blanche Hutchinson,
Kathryn Hutchinson,
Janet Lee Hutchinson,
Peter Redpath,
Joseph Ruff,
Gerald Altfilisch,
Norman Alley, American filmmaker.