Airplane Crash - Arlington, Virginia 11/01/1949

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Arlington, Virginia


Date11/01/1949
Time11:45
LocationArlington, Virginia
OperatorEastern Air Lines / Military - Bolivian Air Force
Flight #537
RouteBoston - Washington D.C. - New Orleans
TypeDouglas C-54B / P-38
RegistrationN88727/NX26927
Cn/In18365 /
Aboard55
Fatalities55
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision. The P-38 hit the airliner from above. Both planes crashed into the PotomaRiver. The pilot of the P-38 survived and was accused of causing the accident by executing a straight in approach without proper clearance. He was later tried and cleared of the charges. ATC error. George Bates, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and Michael Kennedy, U.S. Representative from New York killed. Helen Hokinson, 56, cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, also among the dead.

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