Accident Boeing 707-321B N494PA, Thursday 12 December 1968
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Date:Thursday 12 December 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Boeing 707-321B
Owner/operator:Pan American World Airways (Pan Am)
Registration: N494PA
MSN: 19696/688
Year of manufacture:1968
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT3D-3B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 51 / Occupants: 51
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Destroyed, written off
Location:18,4 km N off Caracas -   Venezuela
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:New York-John F. Kennedy International Airport, NY (JFK/KJFK)
Destination airport:Caracas-Simón Bolívar International Airport (CCS/SVMI)
Pan Am flight 217, a Boeing 707-300 named "Clipper Malay", crashed into the sea to the north off Caracas, Venezuela. The crew possibly descended into the sea due to an optical illusion created by the lights of the city on an upslope.

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: 
Report number: DCA69R0002
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report




  • 10th worst accident in 1968
  • 19th worst accident of this aircraft type
  • 6th worst accident of this aircraft type at the time


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