|1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision.|
This documentary, in the form of a Google Map, locates the historic commercial aircraft crashes involved in the first 40 years of commercial airline flight. From the first crash of a Handley Page O/400 biplane in 1920, to the National Airlines Flight 967 crash of a Douglas DC-7B in 1959. Even where Amelia Earhart's famous flight ended. These were the days before all the high tech instrumentation used today. These were the propeller-driven planes flown before the use of low by-pass jet engines. The linked Wikipedia pages tell of mid-air collisions, nose dives, disappearances, mountain crashes, take-off failures, disastrous landings, planes lost at sea, death, and the ability of some humans to survive horrific crashes.
The locations and coordinates were obtained from the following:
- Wikipedia's "List of accidents and incidents involving commercial aircraft"
- Aviation Safety Network maps listed in the External Links section for each Wikipedia listed crash.
Note: the aircraft pictures shown in the map are examples of the aircraft model, and may not be the correct the airline.
On June 12th and 14th, 1950, two different flights,©Google
both originating from Saigon, each involving the same model
Douglas DC-4, crashed within two miles of each other
on similar approaches to Bahrain airport.
|Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937.|
|ANA Skymaster Amana crash, 26 June 1950.|
|Pan Am Flight 6 ditches in the Pacific on October 16, 1956.|
|Site of the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision.|
|Site of the 1960 NYC air disaster.|