Criminal Occurrence description
Last updated: 20 October 2014
Status:
Date:Wednesday 6 January 1960
Time:02:38
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC6 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Douglas DC-6B
Operator:National Airlines
Registration: N8225H
C/n / msn: 43742/300
First flight: 1952
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney R-2800
Crew:Fatalities: 5 / Occupants: 5
Passengers:Fatalities: 29 / Occupants: 29
Total:Fatalities: 34 / Occupants: 34
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) from Bolivia, NC (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: En route (ENR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY (IDL/KIDL), United States of America
Destination airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Flightnumber:2511
Narrative:
The DC-6 was one of two aircraft substituted for a Boeing 707 which had incurred mechanical difficulty. En route to Miami the aircraft disintegrated in flight. Portions of the wreckage fell near Kura Beach and the major wreckage fell about 13 miles West of Kure Beach. It appeared that a dynamite explosion had occurred which was detonated by means of dry cell batteries. The explosion occurred near the right of seat row 7.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The accident was caused by the detonation of dynamite within the passenger cabin."

Classification:
Sabotage
Loss of control

Sources:
» ICAO Circular 64-AN/58 (96-99)


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Distance from New York-Idlewild International Airport, NY to Miami International Airport, FL as the crow flies is 1745 km (1091 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Networkĺs 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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