Airplane Crash - Off Papeete, Tahiti 07/22/1973

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Off Papeete, Tahiti


Date07/22/1973
Time22:07
LocationOff Papeete, Tahiti
OperatorPan American World Airways
Flight #816
RouteAuckland, NZ - Papeete, Tahiti - Honolulu - Los Angeles
TypeBoeing B-707-321B
RegistrationN417PA
Cn/In18959
Aboard79
Fatalities78
Ground0
SummaryThe aircraft crashed 30 seconds after takeoff from Faaa Airport into the ocean. Cause unknown. It is possible an instrument failure diverted the crews attention during a turn. The aircraft was named 'Clipper Winged Racer.'

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