• Short Summary

    Early November 16, a four-engine National Airlines 'plane - flying from Miami to New Orleans, USA - crashed while flying through thick fog into the Gulf of Mexico's shark-infested waters.

  • Description

    Early November 16, a four-engine National Airlines 'plane - flying from Miami to New Orleans, USA - crashed while flying through thick fog into the Gulf of Mexico's shark-infested waters. The plane, carrying 36 passengers and 6 crew members, had broken radio contact with the ground shortly before crashing.

    Wreckage was quickly located -- about 100 miles south-east of New Orleans, and 25 miles from the Louisiana coast, near the mouth of the Mississippi. Sharks were also spotted in the area, and although a number of bodies were retrieved, no survivors were found. A coastguard vessel and a flying boat were soon at the scene of the disaster. There was evidence suggesting the aircraft blew up on hitting the water.

    It is the airline's second crash over the Gulf, the other occurring in 1953 in similar weather conditions with the loss of 46 lives. The 1953 crash resulted in a spate of law-suits, one of which was settled only last week by the United States Supreme Court.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6F02L7M64XFOW4SD5MU0VR6BN
    Media URN:
    VLVA6F02L7M64XFOW4SD5MU0VR6BN
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    17/11/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:46:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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