1960 New York Mid-Air Collision

On Friday, December 16, 1960, a United Airlines Douglas DC-8-11 (Flight 826), bound for LaGuardia Airport in New York City, collided with a TWA Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation (Flight 266) descending into the city’s Idlewild Airport (later renamed John F. Kennedy International Airport). One aircraft crashed on Staten Island, the other into Park Slope, Brooklyn, killing all 128 people on both aircraft and six people on the ground. The accident became known also as the Park Slope plane crash. On Staten Island, it became known as the Miller Field crash.

At the time the death toll was the highest for a commercial aviation accident, and remained so until 1968. It is, to date, the worst incident in United’s history (excluding the September 11 Attacks).

 

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