Airplane Crash - Near Varese, Lombardia, 20 Miles Nw Of Milan, Italy 06/26/1959

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Near Varese, Lombardia, 20 miles NW of Milan, Italy


Date06/26/1959
Time17:35
LocationNear Varese, Lombardia, 20 miles NW of Milan, Italy
OperatorTrans World Airlines
Flight #891
RouteMilan - Paris
TypeLockheed 1649A Starliner
RegistrationN7313C
Cn/In1015
Aboard68
Fatalities68
Ground0
SummaryWhile flying from Athens to Chicago, the No. 6 and 7 fuel tanks in the right wing exploded during a storm. Ignition of gasoline vapors emanating from fuel tank vent pipes by statidischarge after the airliner was hit by lightning.

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