Date: February 25, 1964
Time: 02:06
Location: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, Louisiana
Operator: Eastern Air Lines
Flight #: 304
Route: Mexico City - New Orleans - New York City
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8-21
Registration: N8607
cn / ln: 45428/61
Aboard: 58   (passengers:51  crew:7)
Fatalities: 58   (passengers:51  crew:7)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed into Lake Pontchartrain, 19 miles northeast of New Orleans International Airport, shortly after taking off. Mechanical failure. Uncommanded extension of the pitch trim compensator. Degradation of aircraft stability characteristics in turbulence, because of abnormal longitudinal trim component positions. Malfunctioning pitch trim compensator.

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