"On the morning of December 16, 1960, a TWA Lockheed Constellation plane and
a United Airlines, a DC-8, collided in a blinding snowstorm over New York.
At the time of the accident it was considered the worst aviation disaster in the history
of commercial fl ying. When it was over, one hundred and twenty eight people
from both planes, plus six on the ground had lost their lives. After the collision the
Connie broke into three parts, hurling forty-four people to their death. The plane
or what was left of it, crashed in the fi elds of the Miller Army Base, in Staten Island,
The other plane, United Flight 826, with eighty-four people crashed eight miles
from impact coming down on an intersection called Seventh Avenue, and Sterling
Place, a quiet community in the Park Slope Section of Brooklyn.
On May 9th 1962, the Civil Aeronautic Board determined that the probable cause
of this accident was that United Flight 826 proceeded beyond its clearance limit
and the confi nes of the airspace to the fl ight given by Air Traffi c Control, passing
its holding pattern and therefore, ramming into TWA Flight 266. I wasn’t totally
In 1998, I decided to investigate, the probable cause of the collision, and why it
happened, but most important, if it could have been prevented.
My investigation revealed that while Captain Robert H. Sawyer went beyond his
allocated airspace, he did not stand alone in the blame.
The results where very disturbing, the collision could have been prevented.
The book reveals who was at fault, why there was a cover up, and by whom."
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Published March 2, 2010
Literature & Fiction.