By Emilio Corsetti III

On may well 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty seven passengers and a staff of six departed from New York's JFK foreign Airport en path to the tropical island of St. Maarten, yet 4 hours and 34 mins later the flight led to the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It used to be, and continues to be, the one open-water ditching of a advertisement jet. the next rescue of survivors took approximately 3 hours and concerned the coast safeguard, military, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what used to be occurring contained in the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters because the crews struggled opposed to the elements and dwindling sunlight to rescue the survivors, who had in basic terms their lifestyles vests and a lone get away chute to maintain them afloat.

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In 1946, with an injection of more capital and the addition of DC-3s for the prospering Acapulco route, Aeronaves de Mexico began to expand rapidly The first four-engined DC-4 was added in 1949 and then, three years later. at the instigation of President Miguel Aleman, a three-way merger between Aeronaves de Mexico, LAMSA and Aerovlas Reforma changed the whole balance of airline power in Mexico. Pan American's shareholding and influence were progressively reduced, both in Aeronaves and CMA It sold its last shares in the latter airline on 13 January 1968 \AEROVIAS CENTRALES \,;-'-" 1932 "'-"'c' Chihuahua'\ \.

Pan American led the world in sponsoring its development. and larger landplanes did not enter extensive service until after World War II. Such a heterogeneous collection of captured entities might have led to confusion, But the reverse was the case. Aided admittedly by a generous subsidy through the US mail payments, Pan American's organization of its Latin American airline empire was superb. A. in Mexico, or PANAGRA in Lima and Santiago may have carried their Consolidation of a latin American Network With the clandestine acquisition of the Colombian SCADTA by April 1931, followed by a little mopping up by the establishment of UMCA and Aerovfas Centrales and the purchase of Cubana in 1932, Juan Trippe could sit back and contemplate the completion of his Latin American network.

Renamed Colombia Clipper in 1937. Scrapped 15 July 1946 West Indies Clipper. Used in Latin America. Renamed Pan American Clipper when modified and used for Pacific survey flights. Renamed Hong Kong Clipper in 1937. Sank at Antilla, Cuba, 7 August 1944. Unnamed. Used in Latin America. Destroyed in accident at Port of Spain, 20 December 1935. Development of a Classic Airliner Before this aircraft was designed, its predecessors could carry full payloads on flights of only a few hundred miles. The 5-42 could carry its full payload of 32 passengers over a range of 750 miles.

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