Airplane Crash - Near Lisbon, Portugal 05/30/1961

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Lisbon, Portugal


Date05/30/1961
Time01:20
LocationNear Lisbon, Portugal
OperatorKLM Royal Dutch Airlines
Flight #897
RouteRome - Lisbon - Madrid - Santa Maria, Azores -Caracas
TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-8-53
RegistrationPH-DCL
Cn/In45615
Aboard61
Fatalities61
Ground0
SummaryFive minutes after taking off from Lisbon, Portugal, the aircraft plunged into the AtlantiOcean. There were indications from the wreckage that the aircraft went into a spiral dive and hit the water at over 500 mph. Either through inattentiveness or loss of an artificial horizon or other instrument malfunction, the aircraft went into a steep left bank from which recovery was not possible. Attitude of the aircraft at the moment of impact pointed to over correction.

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