Date & Time: Apr 11, 1936 at 0500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Sikorsky S-42
Operator:
Registration:
NC15374
Flight Phase:
Takeoff (climb)
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami – Port of Spain – Natal – Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires
MSN:
4204
YOM:
1934
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
1
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
2
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
After takeoff from the harbor of Port of Spain, while climbing by night, captain saw a boat and made a sharp turn to avoid the collision. Nevertheless, the right pontoon hit the boat and the aircraft stalled before crashing into the bay. A crew and two passengers were drowned while all 22 other occupants were rescued. The aircraft christened 'Antilles Clipper' was lost. It was night at the time of the accident so the visibility was poor. Crew distinguished the boat to late and the avoiding manoeuvre was to late as well.