Airplane Crash - New York, New York 12/18/1954

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


Date12/18/1954
Time14:00
LocationNew York, New York
OperatorLinee Aeree Italiane
Flight #451
RouteRome - New York City
TypeDouglas DC-6B
RegistrationI-LINE
Cn/In44418/487
Aboard32
Fatalities26
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed into approach lights of the runway during the fourth landing attempt at Idlewild Airport, sinking into Jamaica Bay. An erratiapproach which resulted in a descent to an altitude too low to avoid striking the pier. A contributing factor was pilot fatigue due to the particular and difficult circumstances including two and one-half hours in a holding pattern.

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