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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 26 June 1941
Time:15:15
Type:Sikorsky S-43
Operator:Pan American Grace Airways (Panagra)
Registration: NC16928
C/n / msn: 4317
First flight: 1936
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU) (   Brazil)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Training
Departure airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Destination airport:Rio de Janeiro-Santos Dumont Airport, RJ (SDU/SBRJ), Brazil
Narrative:
The aircraft had taken off about 14:15 for a local practice flight out of Rio de Janeiro. Instrument approaches and landings were to be practiced in Guanabara Bay.
During one of those approaches and landings the S-43 contacted the water in a nose down attitude. As the bow wave build op, the nose became more depressed. It then overturned and sank

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot's error in judging altitude during a landing." Contributing factor: Glassy surface of the water.



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