Accident
Last updated: 22 August 2014
Status:Final
Date:Monday 16 November 1959
Time:00:55
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7B
Operating for:National Airlines
Leased from:Delta Air Lines
Registration: N4891C
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: Damaged beyond repair
Location:57 km (35.6 mls) E off Pilottown, LA [Gulf of Mexico] (   Atlantic Ocean) show on map
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
Flightnumber: 967
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.
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."

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (77-79)


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Distance from Tampa International Airport, FL to New Orleans International Airport, LA as the crow flies is 779 km (487 miles).

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