Airplane Crash - Urbana, Ohio 03/09/1967

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - Urbana, Ohio


Date03/09/1967
Time11:54
LocationUrbana, Ohio
OperatorTrans World Airlines / Private
Flight #553
RoutePittsburgh - Dayton
TypeMD Douglas DC-9-15 / Beechcraft Baron-55
RegistrationN1063T/N6127V
Cn/In45777/80 /
Aboard26
Fatalities26
Ground0
SummaryMidair collision. Twenty five killed on the DC-9, one on the Beechcraft. Failure of the DC-9 crew to see and avoid the Beechcraft. The DC-9 was traveling at almost 300 mph at low altitude in airspace occupied by numerous small planes. The contributing factor to the accident was the excessive speed of the DC-9. ATC systems inadequate to separate controlled and uncontrolled traffic. After this accident, the FAA imposed a maximum speed of 250 knots below 10,000 ft. mean sea level.

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