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1924-1932            1932-1949            1950 -1969            1970-1988

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1924-1932    special thanks to Ken Sanford

SCADTA 06/08/1924 Junkers F-13 (a16)
Location:  Columbia 
2 pilots & 4 passengers Aboard / 6 Fatal

PAA 10/29/1928 Loening Air Yacht (NC8042)
Location:  San Juan, Puerto Rico 
No other details available.

PAA 12/31/1928 or 01/01/1929 Loening Air Yacht (NC8042)
Location:  San Jose, Costa Rica 
Pan Am operated a survey flight from Panama to San Jose, Costa Rica.  The return flight was unable to clear trees at the end of the runway on takeoff and crashed.

PAA 06/13/1929 Fokker FX (NC9700)
Location:  Santiago de Cuba 
No other details available.

PAA 06/15/1929 Fairchild 71 (NC9726)
Location:  Panama Canal Zone
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

PAA 09/19/1929 Sikorsky S-38 (NC-197H)
Location:  Miami, Florida
The aircraft crashed on take-off and was written off.

PAA 12/29/1929 Sikorsky S-38 (NC-8020)
Location:  St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 
0 Fatal
The flight had to make a forced landing on the sea due to a severe windstorm.  The crew and mail were rescued by a ship.

Mexicana de Aviacion 07/15/1930 Fokker F.VII (X-ABCP)
Location:  Mexico – exact place unknown
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

Pan American Grace Airways 02/03/1931 Fairchild FC-2 (NC8023)
Location:  Buenos Aires, Argentina 
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

Pan American Grace Airways 02/07/1931 Sikorsky S-38 (NC-306N)
Location:  near France Field, Canal Zone
0 Fatal
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

Pan American Grace Airways 02/15/1931 Fairchild FC-2 (NC8026)
Location:  Chile – exact place unknown
0 Fatal
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

Pan American Grace Airways 04/01/1931 Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor (NC8418)
Location:  Chile – exact place unknown
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

Mexicana de Aviacion 08/07/1931 Fokker F.X (X-ABCR)
Location:  Miami, Florida
The flight crashed, but no details are available.

PAA 08/12/1931 Sikorsky S-38 (NC-5933)
Location:  Ponce, Puerto Rico 
The aircraft hit a submerged object in the Ponce Harbor.  The aircraft was scrapped on the 7th of October the same year.

American Clipper 11/25/1931 Sikorsky S-40 (NC-80V)
Location:  Barranquilla, Colombia
Pilot Charles Lindbergh
Charles Lindbergh was making a goodwill flight for Pan Am around the Caribbean, in the “American Clipper”.  When taking off at Barranquilla, he damaged the pontoons of the aircraft and it was delayed until the next day.

 
1932-1949

PAA 04/03/1932 Loening Air Yacht (NC9717)
Location:  Montevideo, Uruguay
No other details are available.

Panagra 07/16/1932 Ford 5-AT-C Tri Motor(NC403H)
Location:  Mount El Plomo, near Vitacura, Chile – Canal Zone-Buenos Aires route 
9 Aboard / 9 Fatal
The flight was from Santiago, Chile to Mendoza, Argentina, and it crashed in a severe snowstorm in the Andes Mountains.  The wreckage was buried by ice and snow and wasn’t found until March 1934, 20 months later.

PAA 09/25/1932 Sikorsky S-38 (NC113M)
Location:  Brazil, exact place unknown
No other details are available.

PAA 10/02/1932 Ford 5-AT Tri-Motor (NC9664)
Location:  Accituno, Honduras
The aircraft crashed and was written off.  No other details are available.

Panagra 06/11/1934 Ford 5-AT-C Tri-Motor(NC8417)
Location: Junin, Argentina
10 Aboard / 6 Fatal
Crashed into Mar Chiquita Lagoon during a heavy rainstorm.

Clipper ??? 08/02/1937 Sikorsky S-43(NC15065)
Location: Panama Canal Zone
11 Fatal
Crashed during bad weather into Carribean off shore with mail. Aircraft had a history of fuel problems.

Samoan Clipper 01/11/1938 Sikorsky S-42(NC16734)
Location: Pango Pango, U.S. Samoa
6 Aboard / 6 Fatal
The aircraft exploded in mid-air as the crew attempted to dump
fuel for an emergency landing at Pango Pango.  Neither the plane or six crew members were ever found. Pan American's first pilot, Captain Edwin C. Musick, who flew the famous China Clipper was killed.

Hawaiian Clipper 07/28/1938 Martin Clipper M-130 (NC14714)
Location: Pacific Ocean between Manila and Guam
15 Aboard / 15 Fatal
The flight crashed into the ocean while en route.  Cause unknown. 
The plane may have been hijacked by the Japanese.
Check out the Website: www.hawaiiclipper.com

Philippine Clipper 01/21/1943 Martin M-130(NC14715)
Location: Boonville, California 
Route: Hawaii - San Francisco
19 Aboard / 19 Fatal
Flew into a mountain while en route from Hawaii to San Francisco in bad weather.

Panagra 01/22/1943 Douglas DC-3(NC33645)
Location: Mt. Chaparra, Peru
Aboard 15 / Fatal 14

Yankee Clipper 02/22/1943 Boeing B-314(NC18603)
Location: Lisbon, Portugal
39 Aboard / 24 Fatal
Crashed while attempting to land. Contact of the left wingtip of the aircraft with the water while making a descending turn preparatory to landing. Novelist Ben Robertson killed. Actress Jane Froman injured.

Clipper Hong Kong 08/08/1944 Sikorsky S-42(NC823M)
Location: Antilla, Cuba
31 Aboard / 17 Fatal
Crashed on takeoff and sank into the ocean.

Clipper ??? 8/24/1944 Consolidated Commodore(NC668)
Location: Biscayne Bay
1 Fatal
Failure to remove a control lock allowed the controls to be pulled back, letting the plane take to the air but it could not be pushed forward to level off causing it to stall.

China Clipper 01/08/1945 Martin M-130(NC14716)
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad
30 Aboard / 23 Fatal
Crashed while attempting to land.

China Clipper 06/14/1945 Douglas DC-3 (NC33611)
Location: Port of Spain, Trinidad
0 Fatal
Crashed on takeoff.

Clipper Eclipse 06/19/1947 Lockheed 049 Constellation(NC88845)
Location: Al Mayadin, Syria
Aboard 36 / Fatal 14
While on a flight originating in New York and making its inaugural westbound flight of round-the-world service, the aircraft's No. 1 engine failed half-way on a leg from Karachi to Istanbul. Due to closed airports and inadequate repair facilities, the pilot chose to continue to its destination. Several hours later, the remaining engines overheated and the No.2 engine caught fire causing the plane to crash. Gene Roddenberry (creator of Star Trek) was a deadheading Pan Am pilot aboard who helped rescue many of the passengers. The crash was blamed on Pan Am's failure to replace the No. 2 engine which had experienced several problems earlier

Clipper Talisman 10/26/1947 Douglas DC-4A(NC88920)
Location: Annette Island, Alaska
18 Aboard / 18 Fatal
The aircraft crashed into Tamgas Mountain after abandoning an approach to Annette Island because of extreme turbulence and radioing its intentions to proceed to Juneau. Possible severe turbulence or icing.

Clipper Empress of The Skies 04/15/1948 Lockheed Constellation(NC88858)
Location: Shannon, Ireland      Time: 02:35
31 Aboard / 30 Fatal
While executing a second instrument approach at Shannon Airport, the aircraft struck the ground 2,380 feet from the approach end of the intended runway. Continuation of an instrument approach to an altitude insufficient to clear the terrain.

Clipper Monarch 01/30/1949 Lockheed L-749(NC86530)
Location: Port Washington, New York
2 Fatal
Midair collision. Two killed on the Cessena, none on the Lockheed.
  

1950 -1969

Clipper Great Republic 06/22/1951 Lockheed 049 Constellation(N88846)
Location: Near Sanoyea, Liberia 
Route: Accra - Monrovia 
40 Aboard / 40 Fatal
The plane crashed into a hill. The pilot descended below en route minimum altitude without knowing the aircraft's position. 

Clipper Endeavor 04/11/1952 Douglas DC-4(N88899) 
Location:  North of San Juan, Puerto Rico      Time: c 12:20
Flight: 526
Route:  San Juan - New York City 
Year of Delivery: 1945
69 Aboard / 52 Fatal
After taking off from Isle Grande Airport the crew had engine 
problems. The aircraft then crashed into the Atlantic Ocean. The ditching took place in turbulent seas.  The tail broke off on impact and the aircraft stayed afloat for only 3 minutes and sank.  The captains attempt to re-establish a climb without using all available power after a critical loss of  power in the No. 4 engine resulting in a nose-high altitude, loss of airspeed and settling of the aircraft to too low an altitude to effect a recovery.  
UPDATED INFORMATION: The facts, as established in subsequent legal proceedings, show that the pilot was exonerated and the faults turned out to be due to faulty engine parts/maintenance.

Clipper Good Hope 04/29/1952 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser(N1039V) 
Location: Near Carolina, Brazil 
Route: Rio de Janeiro - New York City 
Year of Delivery: 1949
50 Aboard / 50 fatal
The flight crashed into the jungle about 887 nm NNW of Rio de Janeiro. Separation of the propeller blade leading to separation of the No. 2 engine due to highly unbalance forces, leading to the disintegration of the aircraft. 

Clipper ??? 03/26/1955 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser(N1033V)
Location: Off the Oregon coast       Time: 11:12 
Route: Portland - Honolulu 
23 Aboard 4 Fatal
The plane ditched into the Pacific Ocean after the No. 3 engine propeller broke away causing severe control difficulties. The plane sank after 20 minutes.

Clipper Sovereign of the Sky 10/16/1956 Boeing Stratocruiser(N90943)
Location: Over the Pacific Ocean 
Route: San Francisco - Honolulu 
31 Aboard / 0 Fatal
The aircraft ditched into the Pacific Ocean while on a flight from San Francisco to Honolulu after losing the No. 1 and then the No. 4 engine. The aircraft circled around and landed in the water near a USCG weather ship. 

Clipper Romance of the Skies11/09/1957 Boeing - 377 Stratocruiser(N90944)
Location: 900 miles E of Honolulu, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean    
Time: 16:30           Route: San Francisco - Honolulu 
44 Aboard / 44 Fatal
The aircraft disappeared mid-way on a flight between San Francisco and Honolulu. Wreckage was found 940 miles NE of Honolulu 5 days later. Unable to determine the cause. Possible in-flight fire. There was evidence of carbon monoxide in the cabin. 

Clipper Golden Gate 06/02/1958 Boeing - 377 Stratocruiser(N1023V)
Location: Manila, Philippines        Time: 05:23
Route : San Francisco - Singapore 
Aboard 57 / Fatal 1
A hard landing in heavy rain and gusty winds at Manila caused the collapse of the right main landing gear. A prop broke off the No. 3 engine, penetrated the cabin and killed one passenger.

Clipper Tradewind 12/08/1963 Boeing B-707-121(N709PA)
Location: Elkton, Maryland        Time: 20:59  
Route: Washington - Philadelphia 
81 Aboard / 81 Fatal
The airliner was on a flight from Baltimore to Philadelphia. The aircraft was in a holding pattern along with 5 other planes when the control tower received a Mayday message. The plane was seen going down in flames. Lightning induced ignition of fuel tank vapors. Within two weeks after the accident, the FAA ordered lightning discharge wicks to be installed on all commercial jet airliners. 

Clipper ??? 06/28/1965 Boeing B-707-321
Location: San Francisco, California 
No Fatalities
The aircraft landed safely at Travis Air Force Base after an engine turbine disintegrated and one-third of the wing was lost after just taking off from San Francisco International Airport. As the passengers viewed the plane landing that was going to take them back to San Francisco, the nose gear collapsed.
 

"PAA 704,  The Pilot was Captian Kime. WE picked up parts all over South City that evening.  The wing came down between two trees  that supported it on its side.  The Engine came down  in a machine Shop.Boeing came to Travis and rebuilt the Aircraft." Eugene Hollingsworth.

Clipper Constitution 09/17/1965 Boeing 707-121B (N708PA)
Location: Montserrat, British West Indies
Flight: 292
30 Aboard / 30 Fatal
Crashed into the Chances Peak mountains while descending for landing without determining position.

Clipper ??? 12/6/1968 Boeing B-707-321C (N798PA)
Location: Calcutta, India
63 Aboard / 5 Fatal
Struck a tree 1128m short of the Calcutta runway during a visual approach in rainy weather.

Clipper Malay 12/12/1968 Boeing B-707-321B(N494PA)
Location: Near Caracas, Venezuela        Time: 22:02
Flight: 217 
Route: New York City - Caracas AC 
Year of Delivery: 1968
51 Aboard / 51 Fatal
En route from New York City the airliner crashed in the Caribbean sea and exploded while descending for a landing at Maiquetia Airport. Possible sensory illusion produced by the town lights. 

Clipper ??? 12/26/1968 Boeing B-707 Cargo
Location: Elmendorf Airforce Base
3 Fatalities.
Flight was diverted to Elmendorf Airforce Base by bad weather, exploded on takeoff

Clipper Blackhawk12/13/1969 Boeing B-747(N732PA)
Location: Renton, Washington
No Fatalities.
The plane crashed short of the runway during a landing attempt.

Clipper Star King 1969 Boeing 707-321B(N892PA)
Location: Sydney Australia - Kingsford-Smith International 
No Fatalities
Attempted an aborted take-off after striking birds at about V1. The aircraft over ran Runway 34, tore off the nose and left main gears and broke away Number 2 engine. The investigation also revealed that the aircraft was overloaded. 

 

1970-1988

Clipper Rising Sun 07/25/1971 Boeing B-707 (N461PA)
Location: Manila, Philippines
3 Aboard / 3 Fatal
The aircraft descended too low on approach and hit a mountain.
 

Clipper America 07/30/1971 Boeing B-747(N747PA)
Location: San Francisco, California        TIME: c 15:28 
Flight: 845 
210 Aboard / 0 Fatal
The aircraft struck approach lights at the departure end of runway during takeoff. Miscalculation of available runway length and takeoff speed by crew. Erroneous information from the dispatcher. The aircraft was named Clipper America.

Clipper Winged Racer 07/22/1973 Boeing B-707-321B(N417PA)
Location: Off Papeete, Tahiti        Time: 22:06 
Flight: 816 
Route: Papeete - Honolulu 
Year of Delivery: 1966
78 Aboard / 78 Fatal (one possible survivor)
The aircraft crashed 30 seconds after takeoff from Faa Airport into the ocean. Cause unknown. It is possible an instrument failure diverted the crews attention during a turn. 

Clipper Titian 11/03/1973 Boeing B-707-321C(N458PA)
Location: Boston, Massachusetts       Time: 09:39 
Flight: 160
Route: New York City - Prestwick
3 Aboard / 3 Fatal
Smoke in the cockpit and uncontrollable fire caused by spillage of nitric acid on sawdust packing in the cargo hold.

Clipper Celestial 12/17/1973 Boeing B-707-321A(N407PA)
Location: Rome, Italy        Time: 13:00
Route: Rome - Beirut
177 Aboard / 30 Fatal
Two phosphorus bombs thrown into the aircraft ready for departure.
The terrorists were arrested and found guilty.

Clipper Radiant 01/30/1974 Boeing B-707-321B(N454PA)
Location: Pago Pago, U.S. Samoa        Time: 23:41
Flight: 806
101 Aboard / 97 Fatal
The aircraft crashed and burned while making ILS approach to Pago Pago International Airport. There was a failure of the crew to correct an excessive rate of descent causing the aircraft to fly into trees short of the runway. Windshear. Most aboard the aircraft were not injured by the crash but succumbed to fire and panic afterwards.

Clipper Climax 04/22/1974 Boeing B-707-321B(N446PA)  NEW 1st Hand information from someone on the scene
Location: Grogak, Bali, Indonesia        Time: 22:26
Flight: 812
Route: Hong Kong - Denpasar
107 Aboard / 107 Fatal
The aircraft was on a flight from Hong Kong to Denpassar, Bali. While on approach, the plane crashed into Mt. Mesehe at 4,000 ft. killing all aboard. Premature execution of a right hand turn to join the 263 degrees outbound track which was based on the indication given by only one of the ADFs while the other one was still in steady condition. External or internal interference causing an incorrect indication from the automatic direction finder.

Clipper Victor 03/27/1977 Boeing B-747-121(N736PA)
Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands, Spain        Time: 17:07
Pan American World Airways / KLM Flight: 1736/4805
Route: Tenerife - Las Palmas / Tenerife - Las Palmas
Boeing B-747-121 / Boeing B-747-206B
Aboard 644 / Fatal 583
Both aircraft were diverted to Tenerife because of a bombing at Las Palmas Airport. After an extended delay, both planes were instructed to back track up the runway. The KLM plane reached its takeoff point while the Pan Am plane was still on the runway. The Pan Am plane continued up the runway missing the taxiway turnout. There was heavy fog on the runway. The KLM plane began its takeoff roll without permission with the Pan Am plane still on the runway. The KLM plane hit the Pan Am plane just as it was taking off. Both planes burst into flames. This was the worst death toll in aviation history. KLM 234 + 14 crew, Pan Am 326 + 9 crew killed. 

Clipper Defiance 07/09/1982 Boeing B-727-235(N4737)
Location: Kenner, Louisiana        Time: 16:09
Flight: 759
Route: New Orleans - Las Vegas
Year of Delivery: 1968
145 Aboard / 153 Fatal (8 on ground)
The aircraft crashed during a thunderstorm, 29 seconds after taking off from New Orleans International Airport. The plane reached an altitude of 95 to 150 feet and then began to descend and crashed into trees and houses bursting into flames. Microburst induced windshear. Limited capability of current ground-based low-level windshear detection technology.

Clipper Empress of the Seas 09/05/1986 Boeing B-747(N656PA)
Location:  Karachi, Pakistan
383 Aboard / 16 Fatal
Hijacking. Sixteen passengers killed while on ground.

Clipper Maid of the Seas 12/21/1988 Boeing B-747-121A(N739PA)
Location: Lockerbie, Scotland        Time: 18:56
Flight: 103
Route: London - New York City
Year of Delivery: 1970
259 Aboard / 270 Fatal (11 on the ground)
The airliner disappeared from radar shortly after leveling off at FL 310 while on a flight from Heathrow Airport, London, to New York. Detonation of an explosive device in the forward cargo area caused the aircraft to break up into two main sections.  The nose section of the aircraft tore away from the aircraft. The fuselage continued flight for 13 miles, impacting the village of Lockerbie, Scotland.  The total search area spanned 845 square miles and debris turned up as far as 80 miles from Lockerbie. Lybian terrorists are suspected of bombing the London - New York flight.