Interactive Map of Commercial Propeller-Driven Airplane Crashes (1920-1960)



1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision.
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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:
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,
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.
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Hindenburg disaster, May 6, 1937.
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ANA Skymaster Amana crash, 26 June 1950.
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Pan Am Flight 6 ditches in the Pacific on October 16, 1956.
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Site of the 1956 Grand Canyon mid-air collision.
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Site of the 1960 NYC air disaster.
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British European Airways Flight S200P, 21 April 1948.
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