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Long Island, NY Airplane Crash, Mar 1962

Vertical Nosedive of Airliner Told
SARANAC LAKE, N. Y. (AP) - A pilot of a Mohawk Airlines plane said today he had seen an American Airlines jet "in a complete vertical position" just before it crashed this morning in a Long Island marsh, killing 95 persons.
Capt. ROBERT G. HARRAR, 40, of Utica, a pilot supervisor, witnessed the crash because he had taken off from Idlewild Airport directly behind the jet.
"I circled a couple of times over the point of impact so I could notify the control tower by radio," he told a newsman after landing here.
Shocked passengers on the Mohawk plane also told of the vertical nosedive.
In Utica, a Mohawk spokesman said HARRAR had gained altitude of about 300 feet when he saw the jet go down. The spokesman estimated that HARRAR'S plane was a minute and a half behind.
In Albany, JOSEPH F. FARANO, 32, a New York City business man who alighted from the Mohawk to go to Schenectady on business, said:
The jet "made a beautiful takeoff .. and then it happened ...."
"The plane crashed perfectly perpendicularly, making a terrific splash as it plowed into the muddy swamp. There was no fire, no smoke ... nothing to indicate anything was wrong. It looked almost like a test pilot putting the huge plane into a 90-degree dive."

Passengers on Crashed Plane Listed
NEW YORK (UPI) - American Airlines released the following incomplete passenger list of persons aboard the New York-to-Los Angeles jetliner which crashed today:
MR. Y. ALDA.
MRS. Y. ALDA.
W. L. CHIRCO.
MRS. W. L. CHIRCO.
R. CONNOLLY.
MRS. R. CONNOLLY.
DANIEL L. CORBIN.
I. COVINO.
D. DEWER.
L. DELUCA.
MRS. L. DELUCA.
LEONARD DICKSON.
MRS. LEONARD DICKSON.
JOHN DIECKMAN.
R. DUNSTON.
C. EASTMAN.
E. ECKERSON.
S. ELLAN.
D. ELLIS.
J. FALCON.
GEORGE T. FELBACK.
MRS. GEORGE T. FELBACK.
MISS E. FRANTZ.
J. GINSBERG, New York.
G. GLAZNER.
WILLIAM GOLDBERG.
MRS. WILLIAM GOLDBERG.
H. GRAY.
J. HAMILTON, Springfield, Mass.
G. HANDING.
J. HARDISON.
G. HARWELL.
J. HEYNE.
D. JEREDKER.
MRS. D. JEREDKER.
W. ALTON JONES, chairman of board, Cities Service Corp.
E. KANEKO, American Airlines employe.
A. S. KIRKEBY.
C. KRONFELD.
J. KRUMGOLD.
DR. L. LANCE.
MRS. L. LANCE.
J. LAWERY.
D. LAWLOW.
F. LEVINE.
B. LEVINTHAL.
I. LEVINTHAL.
W. LEVINTHAL.
G. MAERKLE.
MRS. G. MAERKLE.
MRS. G. MANDELL.
MISS NELLIE MARINO.
PETER S. MASSE, New York.
MRS. PETER MASSE.
K. McDERMOTT.
EDWARD MENDEN.
MRS. EDWARD MENDEN.
L. MORAN.
MRS. I. NESTINGER.
I. G. O'NEILL.
B. PASCHALL.
S. PIRRUCCIO, of Johnstown, N. Y.
MRS. S. PIRRUCCIO, Johnstown, N. Y.
W. REED.
MISS L. REXMEYER.
B. RIGHTER.
MRS. B. RIGHTER.
T. ROBINSON.
D. W. ROSS.
IRVING RUBINE.
J. RUDOLPH.
JIM SARLEY.
MRS. JIM SARLEY.
MRS. S. SHAW.
E. SIMEONE.
H. SLAWYER.
H. SOHL.
R. STEARNS.
J. STOGEL.
MRS. J. STOGEL.
R. V. STOREY.
MRS. R. V. STOREY.
W. L. SUTHERLAND.
E. VANWICK.
J. YOUNGBLOOD.

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Comments

Not Maintenance

The defect in the Rudder Servo Unit was a result of improper manufacturing. See: Civil Aeronautic Board Accident Report American Airlines, Inc. Boeing 707-123B Jamaica Bay, Long Island New York, March 1, 1962 pages 25-26. This posted at http://specialcollection.dotlibrary.dot.gov/Document?db=DOT-AIRPLANEACCIDENTS&query=(select+738)

this crash took the life of

this crash took the life of Linda McCartney's mum (C. Eastman) It has been said Linda did not like flying. The accident affected her tremendously.

Jamaica Bay Crash

An improper maintenance technique resulted in internal wiring damage and rudder failure, causing the Boeing 707-123 to nose-dive into Jamaica Bay.

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