- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: July 09, 1964
Time: 18:15
Location: Parrottsville, Tennesee
Operator: United Air Lines
Flight #: 823
Route: Philidelphia - Washington - Knoxville - Huntsville
AC Type: Vickers Viscount 745D
Registration: N7405
cn / ln: 103
Aboard: 39   (passengers:35  crew:4)
Fatalities: 39   (passengers:35  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane crashed 2 miles northeast of Parrottsville after experiencing an uncontrollable fire of unknown origin which started below the passenger floor and eventually involved the passenger cabin. One passenger died after free-falling out of the No. 4 emergency escape window of the plane in an attempt to escape the onboard fire. The ignition source was never determined, but it is thought the plane's battery or something in a passenger's luggage caused the fire. Testing revealed lethal amounts of CO2 could be discharged into the cockpit instead of the lower baggage compartment. The plane was seen flying erratically and the fire eventually burned through the controls. It is likely the crew was unconscious by then.
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