Airplane Crash - San Juan, Puerto Rico 12/31/1972

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - San Juan, Puerto Rico


Date12/31/1972
Time19:23
LocationSan Juan, Puerto Rico
OperatorAmerican Express Leasing
RouteSan Juan, PR - Managua, Nicaragua
TypeDouglas DC-7CF
RegistrationN500AE
Cn/In45130/823
Aboard5
Fatalities5
Ground0
SummaryThe flight crashed moments after taking off after losing the No. 2 engine and losing power in the No. 3 engine. Overloaded by 4,193 lbs. Inadequate maintenance, inspection and previous damage to the engine during a taxing accident led to the engine failures. Baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, killed. Clemente was on a relief mission to deliver supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

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