Date: July 30, 1949
Time: 10:45
Location: Chesterfield, New Jersey
Operator: Eastern Air Lines / Military - USN
Flight #: 557
Route: New York City - Wilmington
AC Type: Douglas DC-3 -201D/ F-6-F- 5 Hellcat
Registration: N19963/BU72887
cn / ln: 2260 /
Aboard: 16   (passengers:12  crew:4)
Fatalities: 16   (passengers:12  crew:4)
Ground: 0
Summary: Midair collision with a US Navy F-6F. The F-6F was buzzing a small private aircraft which was cruising below the DC-3. The F-6F had pulled up into a climbing turn and collided with the DC-3. All fifteen killed on the DC-3, and one on the F-6F. Reckless conduct of the Navy pilot in performing aerobatic maneuvers on a civil airway.

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