Bolivia, NC Airliner Crashes In Woodlands, Jan 1960
AIRLINE RELEASES LIST OF PASSENGERS.
Wilmington (AP) -- National Airlines issued this list of passengers aboard the plane which crashed today at Bolilvia:
MR. and MRS. EDWARD A. EDWARDS, of Forest Hills, Queens, N. Y.
R. FRIED, of 70 Riverside Drive, New York.
JULIAN K. FRANK, of Westport, Conn.
MR. and MRS. M. FINKELSTEIN, of 319 Sharpmack St., Philadelphia.
MR. and MRS. VICTOR H. KAY, 26 Bluebird Dr., Roslyn Heights, N. Y.
MR. and MRS. H. KELLAR, 1303 Avenue N., Brooklyn, N. Y.
MR. and MRS. KUNIN, Bridgepart, Conn.
DR. and MRS. A. LAWRENCE, Golden's Bride, N. Y.
MRS. PEARL MERRILL, 799 East 17th St., Brooklyn.
Vice Adm. EDWARD O. McDONELL, USN ret., of Mill Neck, N. Y., and Hobe Sound, Fla.
MRS. C. ORENSTEIN, New York.
MRS. MARIA RODRIGUEZ.
MR. and MRS. I. RUBINSTEIN, New York.
J. RYAN, 18 Jefferson Ave., Rockville Centre, N. Y.
MR. and MRS. J. SCHINE, Bridgeport, Conn.
MR. and MRS. M. SILVER, Connecticut.
FRED Y. SWEETING, 18, of Port Washington, N. Y.
MISS M. WAINSTOCK.
Capt. DALE SOUTHARD.
Co pilot R. L. HANTZELL.
Engineer ROBERT H. HALLECKSON.
Stewardess VALERY STUART, 40 Ranch Lane, Levittown, N. Y.
Stewardess MARILU ODELL, 212 South Orange Ave., South Orange, N. J.
Daily Times News Burlington North Carolina 1960-01-06
National Airlines Flight 2511 was a domestic passenger flight from New York City, New York to Miami, Florida that exploded in midair on January 6, 1960. The National Airlines Douglas DC-6 was carrying five crew members and 29 passengers, all of whom perished. The Civil Aeronautics Board investigation concluded that the plane was brought down by a dynamite bomb. No criminal charges were ever filed, nor was the blame for the bombing ever determined, though a suicide bombing is suspected. The investigation remains open today.
One of the victims was retired US Navy Vice Admiral Edward Orrick McDonnell, a Medal of Honor recipient and veteran of both World Wars.....
National Airlines' New York-Miami route was usually flown by a Boeing 707 as Flight 601. On January 5, 1960, the 707 aircraft scheduled to fly to Miami was grounded due to cracks that were discovered in the cockpit windshield. The windshield replacement procedure would take eight hours to perform, so National Airlines transferred the passengers of Flight 601 to two propliner aircraft it had in reserve.
Passengers were boarded on the two replacement planes on a first-come, first-served basis. 76 passengers boarded a Lockheed L-188 Electra. This aircraft flew to Miami and arrived safely.
The remaining 29 passengers boarded a Douglas DC-6B, which departed Idlewild Airport for Miami as Flight 2511. They were accompanied by two stewardesses, pilot Dale Southard, copilot R.L. Hentzel, and flight engineer R.R. Halleckson. The plane departed New York at 11:52 p.m. and was scheduled to arrive in Miami at 4:36 a.m. on January 6.....
The Civil Aeronautics Board concluded that Flight 2511 was brought down by a dynamite explosion in the passenger cabin. The explosive charge was located "beneath the extreme right seat of seat row No. 7." The report also pointed out that Julian Frank was close to the explosion, though it assigned no blame to him.
The explosion occurred at approximately 2:33 a.m., significantly damaging the structural integrity of the aircraft and forcing it into a wide, right-hand turn. As it descended, it suffered an in-flight disintegration and crashed at 2:38 a.m.