Airplane Crash - Near Brussels, Belgium 02/15/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Brussels, Belgium


Date02/15/1961
Time10:05
LocationNear Brussels, Belgium
OperatorSabena
Flight #548
RouteNew York City - Brussels
TypeBoeing B-707-320
RegistrationOO-SJB
Cn/In17624/92
Aboard72
Fatalities72
Ground1
SummaryThe aircraft was about to touchdown on the runway when engine power was increased and the aircraft climbed to 1,500 ft. The aircraft completed 3 left-hand circles. Its attitude increased until it nosed down and crashed. The entire eighteen member U.S. Figure Skating team killed. Failure of the aircraft's flying controls, possibly jamming of the outboard ailerons or unwanted extension of the spoilers.

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