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Pan Am Flight 214 disaster... Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapped...



Item # 647794

December 9, 1963

THE RUSSELL DAILY NEWS, Kansas, December 9, 1963 

* Pan Am Flight 214 - Elkton MD
* Boeing 707-121 airplane disaster 
* Frank Sinatra Jr. kidnapping


The top of the front page has a three column headline: "Plane Crash Claims Eighty-One Lives" (see)
Also on the front page is a two column heading: "Frank Sinatra Junior Abducted by Escapees" (see)
Complete with 8 pages, a few small binding holes along the spine, otherwise very nice.

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.

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