Date & Time: Dec 3, 1928 at 0800 LT
Type of aircraft:
Dornier Do J Wal
Charter/Taxi (Non Scheduled Revenue Flight)
Lake, Sea, Ocean, River
Rio de Janeiro - Rio de Janeiro
Crew on board:
Pax on board:
The aircraft named '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 named 'Guanabara'. During the turn, a part of a wing failed due to a structural failure and the seaplane entered a dive and crashed in the Guanabara Bay, near the German ship named 'Cap Arcona' that just arrived in Rio with the Brazilian Aviator Alberto Santos Dumont on board. The seaplane crashed off the Cobras Island, killing all 14 people aboard.
Structural failure of a wing during a sharp turn to avoid a collision with another aircraft.