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On January 1, 1938, Musick and his crew of six were killed while on a survey trip near the Samoa Islands in the Pacific.  Flying the "Samoan Clipper" they evidently got into some kind of extreme flight emergency and were dumping fuel. The training fuel stream was ignited in some manner resulting in a terrific air explosion and fire causing the loss of the plane and the crew.

New Zealand established Musick Memorial in 1941 and there were Memorial Plaques and Medallions following his death.  He was a member of the Early Birds.

Flying Pioneer Captain Edwin C. Musick was truly one of the immortals of Pan American's vast airline system.  Master air mariner, expert pilot of large clipper type aircraft, he was always studying to improve his knowledge and was taking special courses at the time of his death.

The world air travel facilities so universally accepted as a matter of course today are largely due to the faith and pioneering effors of such men as Captain Musick who so richly deserve everlasting public gratitude.

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