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  • KLM Flight 607-E, flown by Lockheed L-1049H-01-06-162 Super Constellation Hugo de Groot registered as PH-LKM, was an international scheduled flight that crashed 180 kilometres west of Shannon, County Clare on 14 August 1958. All of the 91 passengers and eight crew died in the accident, including six members of the Egyptian fencing team. The "E" in the flight number stood for the designation of being an extra economy class flight to match the increased seasonal tourist demand. Flight 607-E departed Shannon at 3:05 GMT on the second leg of a transatlantic trip from Amsterdam to New York City with intermediate stops in Shannon and Gander, Newfoundland. Radio contact with the aircraft was lost at approximately 3:40 GMT; a rescue operation was launched which found light debris on the surface of the ocean approximately 180 km west of Shannon. The remains of 34 of those on board were also recovered. Due to the lack of evidence, Irish and Dutch investigators could not pinpoint a probable cause for the accident. They examined the possibility of a bomb, electrical failure or pilot error, but believed that the most likely possibility was a catastrophic mechanical failure.

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Aircraft model Operator Tail number Passengers Crew Survivors Flight origin Flight destination
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