Date: October 03, 1942
Time: 1905
Location: Botwood, Newfoundland
Operator: American Export Airlines
Flight #: 71
Route: New York - Botwood - Foynes, Ireland
AC Type: Sirkorsky 44A (flying boat)
Registration: NC41880
cn / ln: 4401
Aboard: 37   (passengers:26  crew:11)
Fatalities: 11   (passengers:6  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: While attempting to takeoff, aircraft porpoised, attained a height of 35 ft. and then crashed into the water and broke up. Inadvertent actuation of the wing flaps to the full 35 degrees position during the take-off run, thereby rendering the aircraft excessively nose-heavy and uncontrollable.

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