Airplane Crash - Parrottsville, Tennesee 07/09/1964

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Parrottsville, Tennesee


Date07/09/1964
Time18:15
LocationParrottsville, Tennesee
OperatorUnited Air Lines
Flight #823
RoutePhilidelphia - Washington - Knoxville - Huntsville
TypeVickers Viscount 745D
RegistrationN7405
Cn/In103
Aboard39
Fatalities39
Ground0
SummaryThe plane crashed 2 miles northeast of Parrottsville after experiencing an uncontrollable fire of unknown origin which started below the passenger floor and eventually involved the passenger cabin. One passenger died after free-falling out of the No. 4 emergency escape window of the plane in an attempt to escape the onboard fire. The ignition source was never determined, but it is thought the plane's battery or something in a passenger's luggage caused the fire. Testing revealed lethal amounts of CO2 could be discharged into the cockpit instead of the lower baggage compartment. The plane was seen flying erratically and the fire eventually burned through the controls. It is likely the crew was unconscious by then.

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