United Airlines Flight 826 – The Park Slope Crash in Brooklyn

On Friday, 16 December 1960 a United Airlines Douglas DC-8, bound for Idlewild Airport (John F. Kennedy International Airport) in New York City, collided in midair with a TWA Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation descending into the city’s LaGuardia Airport.

Aircraft Douglas DC-8-11 type / Image: jetphotos.com

The Constellation crashed on Miller Field in Staten Island and the DC-8 into Park Slope, Brooklyn, killing all 128 people on the two aircraft and 6 people on the ground. It was the deadliest aviation disaster in the world at the time. The accident became known as the Park Slope plane crash or the Miller Field crash, after the crash sites of each plane respectively.

The wreckage of a United airliner sits in the middle of 7th Avenue and Sterling place, the day after it crashed into the Park Slope section of Brooklyn following a midair collision with a TWA propeller plane one mile above New York City / Image: Photo: AP

Featured Image: Park Slope Plane Crash / Image: by Paul Bernius New York Daily News

Websites: aa.com, united.com, brooklyn-usa.org

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