A U.S. Air Force plane crashed and exploded at
Fairbanks, Alaska, killing all 12 persons aboard.
A Nicaraguan airliner crashed into Concepcion
volcano, on Ometepe Island in Lake Nicagaua,
killing all 16 persons aboard.
31 A DC-7 transport plane
collided with an F-89 jet fighter over
Pacoima, California. The crippled fighter
crashed several miles away but the DC-7
fell into a crowded schoolyard. Two
children were killed and another 78
injured, and wreckage from the DC-7
damaged scores of structures. All 4
crewmen aboard the DC-7 were also killed,
as was the pilot of the fighter. [contemporary
1 Twenty passengers were killed when a
Northeast Airliner crashed onto Rikers Island
minutes after taking off from La Guardia Airport
in New York City, New York. [contemporary story]
22 A U.S. Air Force plane crash-landed
on a sandbar in the Han River near Kimpo Air
Force Base in South Korea. Twenty-two of the 159
persons aboard were killed.
5 A Royal Air Force transport
plane crashed into a residential area
near Drayton, England. Fifteen persons
and eight RAF police dogs aboard the
plane were killed, as were two people on
14 A British European airliner on
approach to Manchester (England) Airport crashed
into a house in Wythenshawe, England. All 20
persons aboard the plane were killed, as were two
people in the house.
Ramón Magsaysay, President of the Philippines,
and 24 others were killed when the President's
plane crashed into a mountain near Cebu City,
Philippines; one person survived.
A Bolivian airliner crashed into the Andes about
100 miles northeast of Cochabamba, Bolivia,
killing all 19 persons aboard.
A U.S. Air Force plane with 67 persons aboard
disappeared en route from Wake Island to Tokyo,
A U.S. Navy bomber crashed into a field shortly
after taking off from Chincoteague Naval Air
Station in Virginia, killing all 11 persons
All 40 persons aboard a Brazilian airliner were
killed when the plane crashed soon after taking
off from Bago, Brazil.
An Air France passenger plane crashed soon after
taking off from Biskra, Algeria, killing all 34
A Brazilian airliner crashed into a mountain soon
after taking off from São Paulo, Brazil.
Twenty-three of the 26 passengers aboard were
killed, as were 3 of the plane's 4 crew members.
A British Royal Air Force plane crashed and
burned minutes after taking off from Aqaba Air
Base in Jordan, killing all 24 persons aboard.
A British air liner crashed while attempting to
make an emergency return to Blackbushe, England.
All but one of the 29 passengers aboard were
killed, as were all 5 crew members.
A Spanish airliner crashed while landing at
Barajas, Spain, killing all 37 persons aboard.
An Argentine airliner crashed into the Andes
Mountains southwest of San Carlos de Bariloche,
Argentina, killing all 15 persons aboard.
A Pacific Western airliner crashed while
attempting to make an emergency return to Port
Hardy, British Columbia, Canada. The pilot,
co-pilot, and 12 passengers were killed, but a
stewardess and 3 passengers were able to escape
from the burning wreckage with minimal injuries. [contemporary story]
Twenty-two of 24 persons aboard a Pakistani
airliner were killed when the plane crashed onto
tidal flats off Charlakhi Island, Pakistan,
during a storm.
Fifty-eight of 68 persons aboard a Royal Dutch
Airlines Super Constellation were killed when the
plane crashed into the sea just off Biak Island,
Indonesia. The pilot had just received permission
to make a low pass over the airport so passengers
could get one more look at the island when the
Fifteen persons were killed and 12 injured when a
Turkish air force jet exploded and crashed into a
residential area of Bursa, Turkey.
A chartered plane carrying Canadian war veterans
and their families home from an English holiday
crashed in Quebec, Canada. All 79 persons aboard
were killed. [contemporary story]
All 23 persons aboard a Russian airliner were
killed when the plane crashed into the bay at
Copenhagen, Denmark, after hitting a factory
chimney during its landing approach.
15 A Northeast Airlines plane with 24
persons aboard crashed into a swamp near New
Bedford, Massachusetts, while attempting to land
at the Municipal Airport in foggy conditions. The
pilot, co-pilot, and 8 passengers were killed;
the stewardess and 14 passengers were injured, 5
of them seriously.
All 21 persons aboard a Spanish airliner were
killed when the plane crashed near Getafe, Spain,
while attempting to make an emergency approach to
A U.S. Air Force tanker plane crashed into Gray
Mountain, near Flagstaff, Arizona, killing all 16
An American airliner carrying 44 was lost at sea
on a flight to Honolulu, Hawaii.
15 A British airliner crashed on the
Isle of Wight, killing 43 of the 58 persons
15 An Argentine airliner carrying 62
passengers and crew crashed 180 miles southwest
of Buenos Aires, Argentina. All aboard were
January 24 Fire
destroyed a four-story factory building in New
Haven, Connecticut. Fifteen persons were killed
and 31 were injured. [contemporary story]
January 27 An
entire block of businesses in Saratoga Springs,
New York, was destroyed by a fire that left one
person dead and another four injured.
January 29 Ten
persons were killed and another 47 injured when a
boiler exploded on the oil tanker Jeanny
while she was moored at a shipyard in Alameda,
California. [contemporary story]
February 5 Gas
explosions and resultant fire destroyed a city
block, killed two persons, injured 40, and caused
property damage estimated at more than $5,000,000
in Reno, Nevada.
Fourteen persons died when the Council Bluffs,
Iowa, rest home in which they lived was destroyed
by fire; another 13 were injured. [contemporary story]
17 The Katie Jane Memorial Home
for the Aged in Warrenton, Missouri, was
destroyed by a fire that killed 72
residents. The fire began at
approximately 2:40 p.m. in a first floor
annex linen closet during a Sunday
afternoon religious service. Much of the
2-1/2-story building was engulfed within
30 minutes. An investigation eventually
listed a series of structural defects and
safety lapses as causes for the fire and
deaths. Public outcry led the Missouri
Legislature to push through a bill
establishing minimum safety standards for
nursing homes in the state, which was
signed by Governor James T. Blair in
26 Explosion and fire in a Butler, New
Jersey, rubber factory caused property damage
estimated at more than $2,000,000.
March 27 An
explosion in a Mexico City, Mexico, fireworks
factory killed 16 persons, injured 235, and
destroyed a city block.
March 29 Seven
children were killed in a residential fire in
Fourteen elderly men and women were killed when a
flash electrical fire destroyed a 220-year-old
rest home in Pointe-aux-Trembles, Quebec, Canada.
May 11 Seven
children were killed in an apartment fire in
July 2 A
reported 32 persons were killed when a sunken
World War II ammunition ship exploded off Naha,
August 1 Eleven
persons were killed and another 50 injured when a
railway shed exploded in Assansol, India.
Fifteen children were killed and three were
injured when an old shell they found in a field
near Jerusalem, Israel, exploded.
October 8 An
explosion of ammunition stored in the Casbah of
Algiers, Algeria, killed 24 persons and injured
Twelve people were killed and 20 more were hurt
in a gas explosion at Villa Rica, Georgia.
A ferryboat capsized on the Elbe River in East
Germany. A reported 28 Russian soldiers were
drowned and another 8 were missing and presumed
7 The U.S. Navy tanker Mission
San Francisco was struck by the
Liberian freighter Elna II off
New Castle, Delaware. Ten crewmen aboard
the tanker were missing and presumed
28 A ferryboat capsized in the Tjitarum
River near Jakarta, Indonesia. Forty persons
Two boats loaded with pilgrims sank in the
Godavari River in central India; 150 persons were
Ninety-six persons died when a ferryboat ran onto
a reef and capsized off Onomichi, Japan.
A tugboat capsized in the Yellow Sea off Wolmi
Island, South Korea, killing 27 persons.
Nine lives were lost when a barge capsized near
the mouth of the Mississippi River (near New
Orelans, Louisiana) during a storm.
A reported 100 persons died in the burning and
sinking of a river boat in the Yangtze River near
The U.S. tanker Stony Point and the
Greek freighter Ioannis collided in fog
off the western coast of France. Fourteen men
were presumed to have died, and 18 were injured.
Fire aboard the U.S. aircraft carrier Lake
Champlain killed five persons, injured five,
and left two persons missing and presumed dead.
The ship was moored at Marseilles, France, at the
Fifty-seven people drowned when the boat they
were on capsized in the Hooghly River at
A reported 70 people drowned when their boat sank
in the Ganges River at Patna, India.
A reported 9 persons died and 80 were missing and
presumed dead in the collision of a river boat
and a U.S. freighter on the River Platte Estuary
at Buenos Aires, Argentina.
2 Ninety-seven persons were missing and
presumed dead when four sailboats capsized off
Borneo during a storm.
8 Twenty-three persons drowned when a
ferryboat capsized off Wando Island, South Korea.
22 Hurricane winds sank the German
training ship Pamir off the Azores
Islands. Only 6 of the 86 men aboard were
22 The Scottish freighter Narva
sank in a North Sea storm. All 29 crewmen were
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