Date & Time: Aug 8, 1937
Type of aircraft:
Sikorsky S-43
Operator:
Flight Phase:
Flight
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Guangzhou– Hong Kong – Shanghai
MSN:
4320
YOM:
1936
Country:
China
Region:
Asia
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
7
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
After his departure from Hong Kong bound for Shanghai, while overflying the Bias Bay (Daya Bay), the crew encountered poor weather conditions and decided to ditch the aircraft offshore. On landing, the seaplane christened 'Chekiang' hit waves and lost its both wings. Seven passengers were able to find refuge on one wing and were later rescued by the crew of the British destroyed 'HMS Thracian'. Unfortunately, three crew members, among them the copilot George Ohrnberger, were killed. The aircraft was lost.