Accident description
Last updated: 25 April 2014
Status:
Date:Thursday 12 December 1968
Time:22:02
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-321B
Operator:Pan American World Airways
Registration: N494PA
C/n / msn: 19696/688
First flight: 1968
Engines: 4 Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Crew:Fatalities: 9 / Occupants: 9
Passengers:Fatalities: 42 / Occupants: 42
Total:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 51
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:18,4 km (11.5 mls) N off Caracas (   Venezuela) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:International Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK), United States of America
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI), Venezuela
Flightnumber: 217
Narrative:
"Clipper Malay" crashed into the ocean at night. The crew possibly descended into the sea due to an optical illusion created by the lights of the city on an upslope.

Events:

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Distance from New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY to Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport as the crow flies is 3382 km (2114 miles).

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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