Date: October 03, 1941
Time: 1748
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Operator: Pan American World Airways
Flight #: 203
Route: Miami - Buenos Aires
AC Type: Sikorsky S-42B (flying boat)
Registration: NC15376
cn / ln: 4206
Aboard: 15   (passengers:9  crew:6)
Fatalities: 2   (passengers:2  crew:0)
Ground: 0
Summary: Following the approach, the aircraft contacted the water in an unduly nose-low attitude while moving sideways relative to the water. Almost immediately after first contact with the water, the aircraft swerved violently to the right and broke into several major sections. The failure of the captain to exercise requisite caution and skill in landing. A contributing factor was the smooth surface of the water, which rendered difficult, the captain's depth perception as well as the exact determination of any lateral movement of the aircraft.

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