Avianca Flight 671

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Avianca Flight 671
Avianca Constellation Proctor.jpg
An Avianca Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation similar to the accident aircraft
Accident summary
Date 21 January 1960
Site Sangster International Airport
Montego Bay, Jamaica
18°30′10″N 77°54′44″W / 18.5028°N 77.9122°W / 18.5028; -77.9122Coordinates: 18°30′10″N 77°54′44″W / 18.5028°N 77.9122°W / 18.5028; -77.9122
Passengers 39
Crew 7
Fatalities 37 (2 crew, 35 passengers)
Survivors 9 (5 crew, 4 passengers)
Aircraft type Lockheed L-1049E Super Constellation
Operator Avianca
Registration HK-177
Flight origin New York-Idlewild Airport
Stopover Miami International Airport (unscheduled)
1st stopover Sangster International Airport
Montego Bay, Jamaica
Destination El Dorado International Airport

Avianca Flight 671 was a Lockheed Constellation that crashed and burned on landing at Montego Bay, Jamaica, on 21 January 1960, killing 37 people, making it the worst accident in Jamaican aviation history. The aircraft was a Lockheed L-1049E Super Constellation that was used by Avianca for its Bogota-Montego Bay routes.

Aircraft[edit]

Avianca Flight 671, registration HK-177, was a Lockheed L-1049E Super Constellation en route from Miami International Airport to Sangster International Airport, Montego Bay, Jamaica.

Accident[edit]

The plane made a heavy touchdown, bounced and landed back on the runway, then skidded down the runway in flames, coming to rest inverted, 1900 feet from the runway threshold and 200 feet to the left.[1]

Aftermath[edit]

Thirty-seven people were killed in the accident,[2] making it the worst accident in Jamaican aviation history. Among the victims was Thomas C. Capehart, son of American Senator Homer E. Capehart.[3]

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