Elkton, MD Lightning Explodes Air Liner, Dec 1963

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There was an unconfirmed report that the pilot had radioed: "We are going down in flames."
The Federal Aviation Agency in Washington said the plane involved was Pan AM's Flight 214.
A government source in Washington said there had been about 10 crashes of Boeing 707s since they had gone into service. Some of the crashes have been training airplanes, and some have been planes in foreign airline service.
U. S. airlines have suffered three Boeing 707 airliner crashes with fatalities to passengers, a government official said. All the crashes were in 1962 -- in February, March and May.
The crash was pinpointed at between 8:58 and 9 p.m. by Andrew T. Nonnemacher, chief controller at the greater Wilmington Airport tower. Nonnemacher said he had seen the flash from his home.
He said also there had been a flash of lightning at the time.
A spokesman for Pan American World Airways said at Idlewild Airport in New York Sunday night that the following were members of the crew of the Boeing jet:
Capt. GEORGE KNUTH, Huntington Station, L. I., N. Y.
1st Officer JOHN R. DALE of Port Washington, L. I., N. Y.
2nd Officer PAUL ORRINGER of New Rochelle, N. Y.
Flight Engineer R. J. KANTLEHNER of Brentwood, L. I., N. Y.
Purser MARIO L. MONTILLA of Bellerose, Queens, N. Y., and the following cabin attendants:
J. K. MORETT of Paramus, N. J.
T. L. SIMS, of New York City.
V. A. HEMZINGER, of New York City.

The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1963-12-09




Elkton, Md. (AP) -- The nation's civil aviation chief said Monday that a jet airliner which crashed killing all 81 persons aboard cannot be reconstructed as is usually done.
"There is not enough left to reconstruct," said Alan S. Boyd, chariman of the Civil Aeronautics Board.
"We are hopeful to take some parts to Washington when they are removed from the ground where they are buried."
Standing near the field where the Boeing 707 fell to earth Sunday night after exploding in the air, Boyd told a news conference that the four-engine flight recorder had been found. But he raised the possibility it would prove of little value.
"It was so compacted there is no way to tell at this time whether we can derive any useful information from it," he said.

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