- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: November 01, 1949
Time: c 11:45
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Operator: Eastern Air Lines / Military - Bolivian Air Force
Flight #: 537
Route: Boston - Washington D.C. - New Orleans
AC Type: Douglas C-54B / P-38
Registration: N88727/NX26927
cn / ln: 18365 /
Aboard: 55   (passengers:51  crew:4)
Fatalities: 55   (passengers:51  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: Midair collision. The P-38 hit the airliner from above. Both planes crashed into the Potomac River. The pilot of the P-38 survived and was accused of causing the accident by executing a straight in approach without proper clearance. He was later tried and cleared of the charges. ATC error. George Bates, U.S. Representative from Massachusetts and Michael Kennedy, U.S. Representative from New York killed. Helen Hokinson, 56, cartoonist for the New Yorker magazine, also among the dead.
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