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
Date21 January 1960
SiteSangster 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
Aircraft
Aircraft typeLockheed L-1049E Super Constellation
OperatorAvianca
RegistrationHK-177
Flight originNew York-Idlewild Airport
StopoverMiami International Airport (unscheduled)
1st stopoverSangster International Airport
Montego Bay, Jamaica
DestinationEl Dorado International Airport
Passengers39
Crew7
Fatalities37 (2 crew, 35 passengers)
Survivors9 (5 crew, 4 passengers)

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]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Accident description at the Aviation Safety Network. Retrieved on 28 March 2010.
  2. ^ "AIR CRASH KILLS 37 AT MONTEGO BAY; 17 WERE FROM U.S.; Colombian Airliner on Flight From New York Overturns and Burns on Landing PLANE OVERTURNS AND CATCHES FIRE All 17 Americans on Board Are Victims of Landing Mishap – 9 Survive". New York Times. 22 January 1960. p. 1.
  3. ^ "17 Americans Among 37 Lost in Air Crash". Los Angeles Times. 22 January 1960. p. 2.