Date: January 08, 1945
Time: 2116
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad
Operator: Pan American World Airways
Flight #: 161
Route: Miami - Leopoldville
AC Type: Martin M-130 (flying boat)
Registration: NC14716
cn / ln: 558
Aboard: 30   (passengers:?  crew:?)
Fatalities: 23   (passengers:?  crew:?)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed 1.25 miles short of the intended landing area in a nose-down attitude at too great a speed and broke up in the water. The first officer's failure to realize his proximity to the water and to correct his attitude for a normal landing and the lack of adequate supervision by the captain during the landing, resulting in the inadvertent flight into the water in excess of normal landing speed and in a nose-down attitude. The aircraft was named China Clipper.

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