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Last updated: 16 October 2019
Date:Wednesday 6 January 1960
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
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:2,4 km (1.5 mls) from Bolivia, NC (   United States of America)
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
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:

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

Loss of control

» 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).
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-6

  • 704 built
  • 42nd loss
  • 30th fatal accident
  • 14th worst accident (at the time)
  • 28th worst accident (currently)
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