Airplane Crash - New York, New York 05/16/1977

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - New York, New York


Date05/16/1977
Time17:35
LocationNew York, New York
OperatorNew York Helicopter
RoutePan Am building - JFK Airport
TypeSikorsky S61L
RegistrationN619PA
Cn/In61427
Aboard25
Fatalities4
Ground1
SummaryWhile passengers were loading aboard the helicopter on top of the Pan Am building, the landing gear collapsed causing the helicopter to tip on its side. Four people, waiting to board the craft were killed by the rotating blades. One of the blades tore loose and struck a window breaking in two. One-half of the blade then sailed two blocks striking and killing a pedestrian. Fatigue failure of the upper right forward fitting of the right main landing gear tube assembly. The fatigue originated from a small surface pit of undetermined source.

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