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Accident description
Last updated: 13 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Tuesday 14 October 1947
Time:10:04 UTC
Type:Boeing 314A
Operator:American International Airways
Registration: NC18612
C/n / msn: 2086
First flight: 1941
Total airframe hrs:12000
Engines: 4 Wright R-2600
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 62
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 69
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:1390 km (868.8 mls) NE off Gander, NF, Canada (   Atlantic Ocean)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Int'l Non Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Foynes, Ireland
Destination airport:Gander Airport, NF (YQX/CYQX), Canada
Narrative:
The crew were afraid of fuel exhaustion because of strong headwind over the Atlantic and decided to land their flying boat next to a US Coast Guard weather ship. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair after colliding with the ship. The aircraft was sunk by gunfire since it constituted a hazard for surface vessels.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Improper flight planning under conditions of an excess gross weight, resulting in a landing at sea."

Sources:
» CAB File No. 1-0088
» US Coast Guard documents


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