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Last updated: 25 June 2018
Datum:maandag 16 november 1959
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC7 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-7B
Vloog voor:National Airlines
Gehuurd van:Delta Air Lines
Registratie: N4891C
Constructienummer: 45355/922
Bouwjaar: 1958
Aantal vlieguren:6578
Motoren: 4 Wright R-3350
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 6 / inzittenden: 6
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 36 / inzittenden: 36
Totaal:slachtoffers: 42 / inzittenden: 42
Schade: Vernield
Gevolgen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Plaats:57 km (35.6 mijl) E van Pilottown, LA [Gulf of Mexico] (   Atlantische Oceaan)
Fase: Kruisvlucht (ENR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Tampa International Airport, FL (TPA/KTPA), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:New Orleans International Airport, LA (MSY/KMSY), Verenigde Staten
Vluchtnummer: 967
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.

There is speculation that a con man by the name of Robert Vernon Spears had sabotaged the aircraft. He had taken an air travel policy of $100,000 and gave his ticket to William Allen Taylor, of Tampa, Florida. After the accident, Spears disappeared and was later apprehended in Phoenix, Arizona. He supposedly disappeared to avoid prosecution for abortion.

The Civil Aeronautics Board, with the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), thoroughly investigated Mr. Spears' activities in order to determine whether they might have had a bearing upon the accident. They were unable to find any such relationship.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Because of the lack of physical evidence, the probable cause of this accident is unknown."

» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (77-79)
» LIFE Magazine 1 Feb 1960


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Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Tampa International Airport, FL en New Orleans International Airport, LA bedraagt 779 km (487 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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Douglas DC-7

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 Atlantische Oceaan
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