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Crash of a Dornier Do J Wal IId 16a-Bis off Ijmuiden: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jul 3, 1936
Type of aircraft:
Registration:
D-ABAU
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
247
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
The crew was performing an international flight for the German company Erprobungstelle based in Lübeck-Travemünde. While flying along the Dutch coast, crew encountered problems and lost control of the float plane that crashed into the North Sea some 40 km off Ijmuiden. Quickly on site, the crew of two Belgian and Dutch ships were able to evacuate three crewmen while the fourth was killed. The aircraft was destroyed and lost.

Crash of a Dornier DO J-IIf Bos Wal in the Atlantic Ocean: 4 killed

Date & Time: Feb 15, 1936 at 0352 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-ADYS
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro – Vitória – Belmonte – Salvador – Recife – Bathurst – Sevilla – Stuttgart – Berlin
MSN:
299
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
4
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
4
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a mail flight from Rio de Janeiro to Berlin with several intermediate stops. The float plane christened 'Tornado' was catapulted from the deck of the German ship christened 'Westphalen' in the region of Fernando de Noronha around 18:18 (GMT time) on February 14, 1936. Some 9 hours and 34 minutes later, all communications ceased with the crew. SAR operations were conducted by seven countries but no trace of the aircraft nor the crew was ever found. According to the authorities, the crew was flying at a speed of some 200 km/h and some 3 to 5 meters above the surface of the water.

Crash of a Dornier Do J Wal off Bornholm Island: 5 killed

Date & Time: Jul 7, 1930 at 1900 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
D-864
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Szczecin – Stockholm
MSN:
27/44
YOM:
1925
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
5
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
5
Circumstances:
En route, while approaching the Bornholm Island, an engine failed, forcing the crew to ditch the aircraft into the Baltic Sea. SAR arrived on scene some 2.5 to 3 hours later and five occupants were killed while three others were rescued. Aircraft was later towed but it eventually sunk and was lost.
Probable cause:
Engine malfunction caused by a crankshaft failure.

Crash of a Dornier Do J Wal off Rio de Janeiro: 14 killed

Date & Time: Dec 3, 1928 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
P-BACA
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro
MSN:
83
YOM:
1927
Country:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
14
Circumstances:
The aircraft christened 'Santos Dumont' was engaged in a special flight over the Guanabara Bay to take part to the celebrations for the return of Alberto Santos Dumont in Brazil. While cruising at a height of 300 feet, the pilot was forced to make a sharp turn to avoid a collision with another Dornier Do J Wal registered P-BAIA and christened 'Guanabara'. During the turn, a part of a wing failed due to a structural failure and the aircraft dove into the Guanabara Bay, near the ship christened 'Cap Arcona' on which Alberto Santos Dumont was taking place. The seaplane crashed off the Cobras Island, killing all 14 people aboard.
Probable cause:
Structural failure of a wing during a sharp turn to avoid a collision with another aircraft.

Crash of a Dornier Do J Wal in Valence: 3 killed

Date & Time: Sep 29, 1928 at 1500 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
I-PLIF
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
66
YOM:
1928
Location:
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
5
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crew was returning to Italy from the Svalbard (Spitzberg) archipelago after taking part to a SAR mission for the Italian Dirigible christened 'Italia' and piloted by Umberto Nobile. En route, while cruising two km south of Valence, weather conditions deteriorated and the visibility was poor due to heavy rain falls. Captain decided to return and made a sharp turn to the right at low altitude. The seaplane hit the power cable of the electricity company of Vercors, stalled and crashed in the Rhône River. Three crew, among them both pilots, were killed. Two mechanics were slightly injured. Aircraft christened 'Marina II' was destroyed.
Crew:
Captain Pinzo, pilot,
Lieutenant Crosio, copilot,
Officer Celia Gatta, engineer,
Mr Codoniosto, mechanic,
Mr Barrachini, mechanic.
Probable cause:
Poor judgement on part of the crew who made a sharp turn at low altitude, allowing the aircraft to hit power cables.

Crash of a Dornier DO J Wal in the Atlantic Ocean

Date & Time: Aug 1, 1928
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
G-CAJI
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Pisa – Lisbon – Horta – Halifax – New York
MSN:
077
YOM:
1928
Country:
Region:
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Owned by the Canadian E. Hosmer, the twin engine seaplane was completing a transatlantic flight from Pisa to New York with intermediate stops in Lisbon, Horta and Halifax. On 28JUL1928, crew left Lisbon at 0800LT and arrived in the Azores Island same day at 1700LT. On 01AUG1928, aircraft left Horta bound for Canada but en route, crew should mke an emergency landing due to engine fire some 500 miles offshore. Crew was rescued a day later by ship christened 'Minnewaska' and transferred to the US. Aircraft was recovered few days later by the crew of ship christened 'Valprato' and transferred to Canadian Vickers as well. Repair cost were so high that aircraft was eventually withdrawn from use.
Probable cause:
Engine fire.