• Short Summary

    Crew of a clipper plane that crashed in the Pacific and the charred wreckage of a plane that crashed in Montana.

  • Description

    Titles read: "TRAGEDIES OF THE AIR".

    Pacific Ocean.

    Various shots of the Pan American "Samoan Clipper" Sikorsky S-42 flying boat, of US Transport and the crew of the aeroplane. C/U of pilot Captain Edwin Musick. Sacks of mail are loaded onto the seaplane which then takes off. Several shots of men wearing headphones and sitting at navigational equipment, intercut with air to air shots of the seaplane in flight. Commentator explains that the Clipper sent out a radio distress signal and then crashed into the ocean. The crash occurred on 11 January 1938.

    Montana, United States of America.

    Several shots of the smoking wreckage of a Northwest air liner - a Lockheed 14 Super Electra - that crashed in flames in the snow-covered mountains of Montana. A rescue party tries to sort through the charred wreck, but all eight passengers and two crew were killed in the crash. The crash occurred on 10 January 1938.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:33:00:00 / 01:34:06:00

Comments (3)

  1. Unknown user says

    The crash occurred on 11 January 1938.

    The aircraft shown is the "Samoan Clipper", a Pan American Airways Sikorsky S-42 flying boat.

    "Captain Edwin Musick (sp?)" - yes, this is the correct spelling.

    "Sacks (of mail?)" - this was a mail flight, so yes they are sacks of mail.

    All 7 crew on board died in this tragedy.

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  2. Unknown user says

    Part 2 - Montana

    The crash occurred on 10 January 1938.

    The plane involved was a Lockheed 14 Super Electra.

    Note that actually 8 passengers AND 2 crew were killed.

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  3. Unknown user says

    Some really interesting information. Thanks.

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