Date: December 12, 1968
Time: 2202
Location: Near Caracas, Venezuela
Operator: Pan American World Airways
Flight #: 217
Route: New York City - Caracas
AC Type: Boeing B-707-321B
Registration: N494PA
cn / ln: 19696/688
Aboard: 51   (passengers:42  crew:9)
Fatalities: 51   (passengers:42  crew:9)
Ground: 0
Summary: En route from New York City, the airliner crashed in the Caribbean sea and exploded while descending for a landing at Maiquetia Airport. Possible sensory illusion produced by the town lights on upslope. The aircraft was named "Clipper Malay."

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