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Crash of a Douglas DC-7C in Shannon: 34 killed

Accident description

  • Feb 26, 1960 at 0000 LT
  • I-DUVO
  • Takeoff (climb)
  • Scheduled Revenue Flight
  • Yes
  • Airport (less than 10 km from airport)
  • Rome – Shannon – Gander – New York
  • 45231
  • 1958
  • AZ618
  • Shannon, Munster
  • Ireland
  • Europe
  • 12
  • 11
  • 40
  • 23
  • 0
  • 34
  • Shortly after takeoff from runway 05, while climbing to a height of 165 feet, the pilote started a turn to the left according to departure procedures. While turning, the airplane lost height, causing the left wing tip to struck a stone wall located near the Clonloghan church. Out of control, the aircraft crashed in flames in an open field and was completely destroyed upon impact. Eleven of the 12 crew members were killed as well as 23 passengers. Eighteen people were seriously wounded.
  • No definite evidence leading to a particular reason for this accident was revealed by the investigation. It can only be concluded that the airplane lost height in a turn shortly after takeoff and struck the ground.