• Short Summary

    A four-engined Boeing 707 jet airliner belonging to American Air Lines, crashed into a potato field, August 15, near Long Island, New York, USA, shortly after take-off on a training flight - killing its crew of five.

  • Description

    A four-engined Boeing 707 jet airliner belonging to American Air Lines, crashed into a potato field, August 15, near Long Island, New York, USA, shortly after take-off on a training flight - killing its crew of five.

    State police emergency crews, local fire brigades, and a crash unit hurried to the scene after the 100-ton plane nosedived at great speed into the ground from a height of 100 feet. Debris was a chattered over a wide area of farmland seven miles from Riverhead, Long Island, and 74 miles east of New York.

    This was the first Boeing 707 to crash - but since the jet came into commercial service last October, it has been involved in 14 mishaps. Most of the incidents were emergency landings - caused by failures in the plane's hydraulic power system.

    US Congressman, Steven Derounian, has called for grounding the Boeings - largest American pure-jet passenger planes in operation. In a telegram to the US Federal Aviation Agency he insists on immediate grounding pending re-examination of the plane's airworthiness. "I want for the Boeing the same rigorous tests given to the British Comet."
    Experts of the US Civil Aeronautics Board began investigating the wreckage Aug 17.

    Another incident involving the 707 occurred Aug 16 - over Australia. Owned by Quants, the Australian airline, the aircraft landed safely at Brisbane - after an engine failed 150 miles out to sea. The plane, with 82 people aboard was on a flight from Sydney to San Francisco.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3BNS7LS3JLADTQTNNQ51DXRYJ
    Media URN:
    VLVA3BNS7LS3JLADTQTNNQ51DXRYJ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/08/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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