All II crew members, including seven stewardesses, were killed when a Trans International Airlines DC-8 airliner crashed on take-off from Kennedy Airport, New York, yesterday (8 September).
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Background: All II crew members, including seven stewardesses, were killed when a Trans International Airlines DC-8 airliner crashed on take-off from Kennedy Airport, New York, yesterday (8 September). There were no passengers on board.
The plane was being ferried to Washington when the accident took place. It came down about 50 yards off the runway and burst into flames. If it had travelled a short distance it would have landed in the sea at Jamaica Bay.
Eyewitnesses told of seeing an engine catch fire when the plane was at an altitude of about 200 feet (60 metres). The four-engined jet then tilted on to its side and crashed to the ground. The Federal Aviation Commission said it was reported that the plane appeared to scrape its tail on the runway on taking off. it then pulled up almost vertically, appeared to stall and then hit the ground.
The crash and subsequent fire completely shut down the airport leaving planes stacked up on runways as firemen fought the flames. Huge clouds of black smoke billowed into the sky. At least 14 airliners bound for the airport were diverted to Boston.
The DC-8 was capable of carrying 184 passengers.