|Crash site||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil|
|Aircraft||Junkers W 34 – PP-CAR – Tapajoz|
|Route||Natal – Recife – Bahia – Belmonte – Victoria – Rio de Janeiro – Santos – Florianopolis – Porto Alégre – Montevideo – Buenos Aires|
|Crew||2 – no survivors|
The mail plane was transporting the Deutsche Lufthansa southbound airmail from Natal, Brazil to Buenos Aires, Argentina via Uruguay.
In attempting to land in the Guanabara Bay, Rio de Janeiro the seaplane crashed and sank in seven meters of water.
The plane was carrying a large load of mail from Europe and Africa.
Divers salvaged the mail the next day – most in completely watersoaked condition. The mail was brought to the Rio de Janeiro GPO to be dried and sorted out. Much of the mail was found to be illegible and could not be forwarded.
A special handstamp was used in Rio de Janeiro. A special explanation label is known from Argentina, and from Argentina and Uruguay resealing labels can be found on back of covers. Mail to Paraguay has no special markings.
On board was some mail from the Nordic countries. So far I have recorded three items sent from Sweden.
Examples of mail