It was just under a year old at the time of that December 16, 1960 accident. Delivered December 22, 1959. That mid-air collision with the TWA L-1049 was the first DC-8 crash.
A month later, January 19, 1961, AM
(then known as Aeronaves de Mexico) lost a DC-8-21 in an aborted takeoff crash and fire at JFK
(then IDL) with 4 fatalities (of 106 aboard). That aircraft was less than 3 months old. Delivered to Eastern October 28, 1960 and leased to AM
On May 30, 1961, the 3rd DC-8 loss involved a KLM DC-8-53 being operated for VIASA. It crashed into the Atlantic, killing all 61 aboard, on the LIS
sector of a FCO
flight. That aircrrat was only a month old, delivered May 1, 1961, with 209 hours.
On July 7, 1962, an AZ
DC-8-43 crashed approaching BOM
due to a navigation error, killing all 94 aboard. The aircraft was less than 4 months old, delivered March 24, 1962.
(then TCA) DC-8-54F combi that crashed shortly after takeoff from YUL
on November 29, 1963, killing all 118 aboard, was 9 months old.
The Canadian Pacific DC-8-43 that crashed on landing at HND
on March 4, 1966, killing 64 of the 72 aboard, was less than 5 months old.
AC lost a DC-8-63 at YYZ on July 5, 1970, killing all 109 aboard. It was only a little over 2 months old, delivered April 30, 1970, with just 453 hours.
lost a 3-month old 707-123 on a training flight near NYC on August 15, 1959, killing the 5 crew.
A 4-month old AF
707-328 crashed approaching PTP
in poor weather on June 22, 1962, killing all 119 aboard. That was their 2nd fatal 707 crash in 3 weeks and their 3rd 707 loss in 11 molnths. Another 707-328 had crashed just after takeoff from ORY
on February 3, 1962, killing 130 of the 132 aboard (that aircraft was just under 2 years old). They lostt another 707-328 in a non-fatal aborted takeoff accident at HAM
on July 27, 1961 (that aircraft also about 2 years old)..
lost a 7-month old 720B on a training flight in December 1961, killing the crew.
The first 727 loss, a UA
727-100 that crashed into Lake Michigan approaching ORD
on August 16, 1965, killing all 30 aboard, was 3 months old, delivered May 18, 1965.
The next 727 crash, an AA
727-100 approaching CVG
on November 8, 1965, killing 58 of the 62 aboard, was a 5 month old aircraft.
The third 727 to crash, another UA
727-100 approaching SLC
on November 11, 1965 (3 days after the AA
crash), with 43 fatalities of 91 aboard, was 9 months old.
And the fourth 727 lost, an NH
727-100 that crashed into Tokyo Bay approaching HND
on February 4, 1966, killing all 133 aboard, was 11 months old.[Edited 2011-09-01 18:43:51]
[Edited 2011-09-01 18:45:50]