Date: December 18, 1954
Time: 1400
Location: New York, New York
Operator: Linee Aeree Italiane
Flight #: 451
Route: Rome - New York City
AC Type: Douglas DC-6B
Registration: I-LINE
cn / ln: 44418/487
Aboard: 32   (passengers:22  crew:10)
Fatalities: 26   (passengers:16  crew:10)
Ground: 0
Summary: The plane crashed into approach lights of the runway during the fourth landing attempt at Idlewild Airport, sinking into Jamaica Bay. An erratic approach which resulted in a descent to an altitude too low to avoid striking the pier. A contributing factor was pilot fatigue due to the particular and difficult circumstances including two and one-half hours in a holding pattern.

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