Date & Time: Apr 10, 1934
Type of aircraft:
Sikorsky S-38
Operator:
Registration:
NC17V
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Shanghai - Guangzhou
MSN:
414-08
Country:
China
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
1
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
One hour after his departure from Shanghai, while overflying the Bay of Hangzhou, crew encountered foggy conditions and decided to return. A brief message was transmitted with two audible words 'turning back'. Shortly later, the seaplane crashed into the Bay of Hangzhou, south of Shanghai. Some debris were found ten days later and the dead body of the captain was found four months later. The passenger was a Japanese citizen.
Crew:
Robert H. Gast, pilot,
James Frink, pilot,
Ivan Carlson, radio operator.
Probable cause:
The cause of the accident was not established.