Date & Time: Oct 6, 1931 at 2200 LT
Type of aircraft:
Heinkel He.12
Operator:
Registration:
D-1717
Flight Phase:
Flight
Flight Type:
Postal (mail)
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Sydney - New York
MSN:
334
YOM:
1929
Country:
Canada
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
3
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
0
Other fatalities:
0
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
Crew was performing a mail flight from Germany to New York. En route, aircraft was catapulted from the German ship christened 'Bremen' some 1,500 km from the Canadian coast. Crew made a fuel stop in Sydney and left the harbor at 2130LT, bound for New York. While cruising over the Cobequid Bay in low visibility due to mist and night, the float plane crashed into the sea in unknown circumstances. The keeper of the local lighthouse said he heard the engine of an aircraft that crashed and later some shout or cries. The debris of the aircraft christened 'New York' and two dead bodies were found a day later while the third crew were found dead three days later.
Crew:
Fritz Simon, pilot,
Rudolph Wucyknecht, engineer.