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Last updated: 19 October 2017
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Date:Saturday 11 April 1936
Time:05:10
Type:Sikorsky S-42
Operator:Pan American Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: NC822M
C/n / msn: 4200
First flight: 1935
Crew:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 18
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 25
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Port of Spain (   Trinidad and Tobago)
Phase: Takeoff (TOF)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:?
Destination airport:?
Narrative:
A Sikorsky S-42 flying boat was damaged in an accident at Port of Spain, Trinidad. The flight originated in Miami, FL and was bound for Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Intermediate stops were planned at amongst others Port of Spain, Trinidad and Natal, Brazil.
It was taking off when the pilot saw a fishing boat in his path and swerved sharply to avoid it but one pontoon struck the boat and the plane reportedly overturned. Three occupants drowned.

Conflicting sources say the aircraft involved in the accident was either "Brazilian Clipper" (NC822M, msn 4200) or "Puerto Rican Clipper" (NC824M, msn 4202). It has also been suggested in local media that the aircraft was to be salvaged and repaired following the accident.

Sources:
» El Litoral - Apr 11, 1936
» The Virgin Islands Daily News - Apr 17, 1936


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This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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