• Short Summary

    The pilot who commanded the Convair 880 jet airliner that snatched the record as fastest commercial jet plane in February this year, died amid the flames and wreckage of a Convair on training flight for Delta Airline crews, May 23, at Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

  • Description

    The pilot who commanded the Convair 880 jet airliner that snatched the record as fastest commercial jet plane in February this year, died amid the flames and wreckage of a Convair on training flight for Delta Airline crews, May 23, at Atlanta, Georgia, USA. After take-off the plane rose to 150 feet, rocked side-to-side, dipped one wing into the ground and cartwheeled over to burst into flames, killing all four crewmen aboard.

    Fire tenders struggled to close with the blazing wreckage, but with a full patrol load aboard the Convair 880 was beyond assistance.

    Earlier this month, the crashed plane had been in regular service with Delta Airlines. On this ill-fated day she had been taken over for training pilots.

    The Convair 880's famous speed run with the now dead pilot Capt. James H. Longino at the controls, was made from San Diego to Miami - 2,359 miles in 3 hours 31 mins. 54 secs. Average speed: 665 mph.

    Cause of the crash had been suggested - engine failure, or a partial power take-off test by the pilot.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3JAAU1U76K0O2B9NBGS0OFY82
    Media URN:
    VLVA3JAAU1U76K0O2B9NBGS0OFY82
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/05/1960
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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