Crash of a Martin PBM-5 Mariner in Trinidad

Date & Time: Jan 20, 1955
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2-P-22
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
11319
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
The crew was supposed to deliver the airplane to Argentina. Enroute, an engine caught fire, forcing the pilot to attempt an emergency landing. The aircraft crashed on Tobago Island and was seriously damaged. There were no injuries. It was later transferred to the US for repair but was destroyed by fire and irreparable.
Probable cause:
An engine caught fire in flight.

Crash of a Douglas DC-3-228F in Port of Spain

Date & Time: Jun 4, 1945
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC33611
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4102
YOM:
1941
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
9
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
0
Circumstances:
Crashed on takeoff at Port of Spain-Piarco Airport for unknown reason. The aircraft was damaged beyond repair while all 12 occupants were uninjured.

Crash of a Martin M.130 off Port of Spain: 23 killed

Date & Time: Jan 8, 1945 at 2116 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC14716
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami – San Juan – Port of Spain – Léopoldville
MSN:
558
YOM:
1935
Flight number:
PA161
Crew on board:
6
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
24
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
23
Captain / Total flying hours:
7040
Captain / Total hours on type:
1560.00
Copilot / Total flying hours:
7034
Copilot / Total hours on type:
832
Aircraft flight hours:
20545
Circumstances:
On final approach to Port of Spain, the seaplane hit the water surface some 1,5 mile short of the touchdown zone, overturned and sank. 23 occupants were killed while seven others were injured.
Probable cause:
The Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was:
- First Officer Cramer’s failure to realize his proximity to the water and to correct his attitude for a normal landing and,
- the lack of adequate supervision by the Captain during the landing, resulting in the inadvertent flight into the water in excess of normal landing speed and in a nose-down attitude.
Final Report:

Crash of a Martin PBM-3C Mariner off Trinidad: 12 killed

Date & Time: Aug 6, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
6713
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Waller - Waller
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
The crew was engaged in an anti-submarine mission off the coast of Trinidad Island. The aircraft crashed into the sea off the Island in unknown circumstances, but most probably during or after an engagement with enemy submarine. SAR operations did not find any trace of the aircraft nor the 12 crew members based at Waller Field, Trinidad.

Crash of a Douglas C-49D in Grande Rivière: 3 killed

Date & Time: May 1, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-7717
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
Schedule:
Losey - Willer
MSN:
4142
YOM:
1941
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
The crew was performing a flight from Losey AFB (Porto Rico) to Willer AFB, Trinidad. While approaching its destination, the aircraft hit a mountain located five miles south of Grand Rivière and was destroyed. All three crew members were killed.

Crash of a Douglas C-49D near Waller AFB: 1 killed

Date & Time: Jan 16, 1943
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
41-7718
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
Yes
MSN:
4143
YOM:
1941
Crew on board:
0
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
1
Circumstances:
At least one crew member was killed when the aircraft crashed in unknown circumstances north of Waller AFB, some 10 km east of Piarco Airport.

Crash of a Lockheed 14-WF62 Super Electra in Port of Spain: 13 killed

Date & Time: Aug 22, 1942 at 1300 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
PJ-AIP
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
No
Schedule:
Willemstad – Port of Spain – Paramaribo
MSN:
1410
YOM:
1938
Crew on board:
3
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
10
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
13
Circumstances:
Ten minutes after take off from Port of Spain-Piarco Airport, while climbing in marginal weather conditions, the twin engine aircraft went out of control and crashed in a wooded area located few km from the airport. The aircraft christened 'Parkiet' was destroyed on impact and all thirteen occupants were killed.
Crew:
P. Badings, pilot,
N. H. de Bruyn, flight engineer,
C. van Oyen, radio operator.
Passengers:
A. C. Alwart,
P. van Eeten,
O. Elmont,
K. Hakhof,
H. Kinds,
P. M. Mosterdijk,
G. E. van Notten,
W. A. Verboog,
L. A. Vijzelman,
M. Waaldijk.
Probable cause:
The exact cause of the accident could not be determined. Nevertheless, the weather conditions were marginal with storm activity and turbulence at the time of the accident.

Crash of a Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina into the Gulf of Paria: 12 killed

Date & Time: Jun 19, 1942
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
2399
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Crew on board:
12
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
0
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
12
Circumstances:
Crashed into the Gulf of Paria, off Port of Spain, during a night landing. The seaplane sunk and was lost, causing the death of all 12 occupants.

Crash of a Sikorsky S-42B in Port of Spain: 3 killed

Date & Time: Apr 11, 1936 at 0510 LT
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
NC824M
Flight Phase:
Survivors:
Yes
Schedule:
Miami – Port of Spain – Natal – Rio de Janeiro – Buenos Aires
MSN:
4202
YOM:
1935
Crew on board:
7
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
18
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
3
Circumstances:
After takeoff from the harbor of Port of Spain, while climbing at night, the captain saw a boat and initiated a sharp turn to avoid the collision. Nevertheless, the right pontoon impacted the boat and the aircraft crashed into the bay. A crew member and two passengers drowned while all 22 other occupants were rescued. The aircraft named 'Puerto Rican Clipper' was damaged beyond repair. At the time of the accident, the visibility was limited because of the night.

Crash of a De Havilland DH.60X Moth in El Chiquero: 2 killed

Date & Time: Jun 3, 1934
Type of aircraft:
Operator:
Registration:
VP-TAA
Flight Phase:
Flight Type:
Survivors:
No
Site:
MSN:
859
YOM:
1929
Crew on board:
1
Crew fatalities:
Pax on board:
1
Pax fatalities:
Other fatalities:
Total fatalities:
2
Circumstances:
Crashed in unknown circumstances in hilly terrain in the area of El Chiquero, Northern Range. Both occupants were killed.