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Lockheed Constellation Crash In 1973@MIA

Tue Feb 05, 2013 10:14 pm

I saw on this facebook group" I grew up in south florida 60s 70s and 80s. In a photo of a Cubana Connie@MIA someone
left a message saying they remember a Lockheed Constellation loaded with christmas trees around 1973 crashed NW section of MIA.Does anyone have any info on this?
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RE: Lockheed Constellation Crash In 1973@MIA

Tue Feb 05, 2013 11:05 pm

I remember when it happened (I live about 50 miles North) and I recall my Dad driving us by the section of the city (East of the airport) where the crash occurred. It was a mess. Here are the details of the crash:
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RE: Lockheed Constellation Crash In 1973@MIA

Wed Feb 06, 2013 4:43 am

This was the aircraft during "happier" times.

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The NTSB accident report, which has a link in the above link is very interesting reading. It reflects a very interesting era in aviation ... the Captain did not have a current IFR rating, the F/O was not qualified nor experienced on the L1049 and the F/E did not hold a valid medical.

Not to mention the initial delay was caused by the "disappearance" of the batteries right out of the airplane!
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RE: Lockheed Constellation Crash In 1973@MIA

Wed Feb 06, 2013 2:51 pm

Just looking at the small pic, I still think this is one of the most sleek and elegant aircraft designs. A crash doesn't deter that for some reason. That super long nose gear is funny to look at though. It's also interesting to learn about crashes that you might not have heard about, or more about ones you have, because someone has brought them up on here. Sorry for the loss of the crew and those on the ground. When I read about a load of Christmas trees, I figured it was part of the reason it crashed.

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RE: Lockheed Constellation Crash In 1973@MIA

Wed Feb 06, 2013 9:56 pm

N6917C was one of the 14 1049Hs delivered to Flying Tiger Line in 1957/58. They were among the last Constellations built.

Incredibly, nine of the 14 were destroyed in fatal crashes; seven during service with Tigers including N6921C which vanished without a trace with 107 on board between Guam and Manila. Two more were lost during service with later operators, the MIA crash and another in Columbia. That's a bad record by the standards of any era.

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