Corrigan had been repeatedly denied permission to take his plane trans-atlantic, the Bureau of Air Commerce, despite numerous modifications.
Corrigan flew from Long Beach California, to Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn. He was scheduled, according to the flight plan filed, to return to Long Beach on July 17.
The morning of July 17, Corrigan took off, ostensibly for Long Beach, but somehow, wound up in Dublin Ireland.
Corrigan never officially acknowledged that he deliberately deviated from his flight plan, but all indications are that it was quite an intentional act.
Upon his arrival he received a telegram from Aviation officials, outlining his infractions. It was 600 words, in a medium noted for its brevity due to charges per word. He did not, however, receive severe punishment, with his pilot's certificate suspended for a mere fourteen days.