Airplane Crash - Chesterfield, New Jersey 07/30/1949

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Chesterfield, New Jersey


Date07/30/1949
Time10:45
LocationChesterfield, New Jersey
OperatorEastern Air Lines / Military - USN
Flight #557
RouteNew York City - Wilmington
TypeDouglas DC-3 -201D/ F-6-F- 5 Hellcat
RegistrationN19963/BU72887
Cn/In2260 /
Aboard16
Fatalities16
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision with a US Navy F-6F. The F-6F was buzzing a small private aircraft which was cruising below the DC-3. The F-6F had pulled up into a climbing turn and collided with the DC-3. All fifteen killed on the DC-3, and one on the F-6F. Reckless conduct of the Navy pilot in performing aerobatimaneuvers on a civil airway.

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