Narrative:National Airlines Flight 967 took off from Tampa (TPA) at 23:32 for a flight to New Orleans (MSY) at FL140. At 00:55 the aircraft suddenly crashed into the Gulf of Mexico.
|Date:||16 NOV 1959|
|Operating for:||National Airlines|
|Leased from:||Delta Air Lines|
|C/n / msn:|| 45355/922|
|First flight:|| 1958|
|Total airframe hrs:||6578|
|Engines:|| 4 Wright R-3350|
|Crew:||Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6|
|Passengers:||Fatalities: 36 / Occupants: 36|
|Total:||Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42 |
|Airplane damage:|| Written off|
|Airplane fate:|| Written off (damaged beyond repair)|
|Location:||57 km (35.6 mls) E off Pilottown, LA [Gulf of Mexico] (Atlantic Ocean)
|Phase:|| En route (ENR)|
|Nature:||Domestic Scheduled Passenger|
|Departure airport:||Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), United States of America|
|Destination airport:||New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), United States of America|
Intensive sea and air searches resulted in finding nine floating bodies and a small amount of floating debris the following morning. The main wreckage has not been located despite several well placed searches.
PROBABLE CAUSE: "Because of the lack of physical evidence, the probable cause of this accident is unknown."
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (77-79)Sample newspaper article from Newspaperarchive.com
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not
display the exact flight path.
Distance from Tampa International Airport, FL to New Orleans International Airport, LA as the crow flies is 779 km (487 miles).