Airplane Crash - Near Dawson, Texas 05/03/1968

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Dawson, Texas


Date05/03/1968
Time15:48
LocationNear Dawson, Texas
OperatorBraniff Airlines
Flight #352
RouteHouston - Dallas-Fort Worth
TypeLockheed L188A Electra
RegistrationN9707C
Cn/In1099
Aboard85
Fatalities85
Ground0
SummaryOn a flight from Houston to Dallas the airliner flew into thunderstorms. While attempting to turn around by making a right hand turn, winds lifted the port wing, forcing the starboard wing down past 90 degrees. A stall resulted from this unusual attitude, pitching the nose down. During the recovery maneuver, the starboard wing was over-stressed, separating from the aircraft followed by the the tail and engines. The aircraft crashed into a field. Pilot's decision to penetrate a line of thunderstorms and severe weather. Visual perception of the pilot may have been reduced by a near lightning strike.

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