Pan Am Flight 708

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Pan Am Flight 708
Occurrence summary
Date November 15, 1966
Summary Undetermined
Site Near Berlin, Germany
Passengers 0
Crew 3
Injuries (non-fatal) 0
Fatalities 3
Survivors 0
Aircraft type Boeing 727-21
Aircraft name Clipper München
Operator Pan American World Airways
Registration N317PA

Pan Am Flight 708 (PA 708) was a cargo flight that crashed less than 10 mi (16 km) west-southwest of Tegel Airport in Berlin, Germany, in the early morning hours of November 15, 1966. The flight was operated by Pan American World Airways (Pan Am) Boeing 727-21 N317PA (Clipper München) routing from Frankfurt to Berlin Tegel. PA 708 was on initial approach when the accident occurred. All three crew members perished. The cause was undetermined because US investigators were not allowed to survey the accident site near Dallgow in the former East Germany and only half of the aircraft remains were returned by Soviet military authorities in East Germany to their US counterparts in erstwhile West Berlin.

Flight details[edit]

Flight 708 usually landed at Tempelhof Airport. But because of runway maintenance at Tempelhof, Pan Am shifted its flights to Tegel Airport. At the time of the accident, weather was poor and it was snowing.

The Soviet authorities returned about 50% of the wreckage. Some major components were not returned, including the flight data and cockpit voice recorders, flight control systems, navigation and communication equipment.

At the time of the crash, the Soviet Union did not belong to the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).[1] Nations belonging to ICAO allow reciprocal visits by official observers in order to further aviation safety.

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