Date: February 08, 1965
Time: 18:26
Location: Off Jones Beach, New York, New York
Operator: Eastern Air Lines
Flight #: 663
Route: New York City - Richmond VA
AC Type: Douglas DC-7B
Registration: N849D
cn / ln: 45455/981
Aboard: 84   (passengers:79  crew:5)
Fatalities: 84   (passengers:79  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed shortly after taking off after taking evasive action to avoid Pan American Flight 212, a Boeing-707, that was planning to land. The aircraft were separated vertically by approximately 1,000 feet although this was not known to the controllers involved. The EAL captain had the illusion that a potential collision course existed. As a result of this illusion, a descent was initiated. In this circumstance the DC-7 was placed in an unusual attitude, resulting in spatial disorientation of the crew. Placement of the two aircraft on a near head on course which prompted the EAL plane to make an evasive maneuver from which the pilots could not recover.

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