- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: December 31, 1972
Time: 19:23
Location: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Operator: American Express Leasing
Flight #: ?
Route: San Juan, PR - Managua, Nicaragua
AC Type: Douglas DC-7CF
Registration: N500AE
cn / ln: 45130/823
Aboard: 5   (passengers:2  crew:3)
Fatalities: 5   (passengers:2  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: The flight crashed moments after taking off after losing the No. 2 engine and losing power in the No. 3 engine. Overloaded by 4,193 lbs. Inadequate maintenance, inspection and previous damage to the engine during a taxing accident led to the engine failures. Baseball player Roberto Clemente, 38, killed. Clemente was on a relief mission to deliver supplies for earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
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