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Pan Am Flight 214 disaster... Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapped...
Item # 642408
December 9, 1963
FITCHBURG SENTINEL, Massachusetts, December 9, 1963
* Pan Am Flight 214 - Elkton MD
* Boeing 707-121 airplane disaster
* Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping
The front page has a two column heading: "Air Tragedy Cause Seen As Lightning" with caption: "81 Dead In Jet Crash"
Also on the front page is a one column heading: "Sinatra's Son, 19, Kidnapped" with photo. (see)
Other news, sports and advertisements of the day. Complete in 28 pages, light even toning, nice condition.
wikipedia notes: Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707-121 registered as N709PA, was a domestic scheduled passenger flight from Baltimore to Philadelphia, which crashed on December 8, 1963 near Elkton, Maryland, after being hit by a lightning strike while in a holding pattern, killing all 81 persons on board.
On December 8, 1963, Pan Am Flight 214, a Boeing 707-121 four-engine turbojet named Clipper Tradewind by Pan Am, took off from Isla Verde International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico at 4:10 p.m. EST, for a flight to Philadelphia with 73 passengers and 8 crew on board. At 7:35 p.m. EST, Flight 214 made an intermediate stop at Friendship International Airport (now called Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport, or BWI) for refueling. At 8:24 p.m. EST, Flight 214 departed. Due to high winds in the Philadelphia area, the crew chose to wait in a holding pattern with five other airplanes rather than attempt to land in Philadelphia.
At 8:58 p.m. EST, while in the holding pattern, the aircraft was hit by lightning, which ignited fuel vapors in the number one (left) reserve tank, causing an explosion. The crew of Flight 214 managed to transmit a final message – "Mayday Mayday Mayday. Clipper 214 out of control. Here we go." – before it crashed near Elkton, Maryland. All 81 people on board were killed.
Category: The 20th Century