Date: August 13, 1939
Time: 1635
Location: Rio de Janerio, Brazil
Operator: Pan American World Airways
Flight #: ?
Route: Miami - Rio de Janerio
AC Type: Sikorsky S43 (flying boat)
Registration: NC16933
cn / ln: 4316
Aboard: 16   (passengers:12  crew:4)
Fatalities: 14   (passengers:10  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane lost power from the left engine, yawed to the left, and started a descending turn in the same direction. The plane continued to lose altitude and turn at a sharper and steeper angle until it struck a caisson anchored at right angles to a small island in the harbor immediately adjacent to its landing approach path. Loss of power from the left engine during the landing approach, necessitating an attempted landing under extremely hazardous conditions.

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