My name is Neil J. Donnelly. I am 56 years of age and live in Durham, NC.
I was wondering if you had any additional information on:
Location of Crash--Gulf of Mexico: Bound From--Tampa: November 16, 1959: Aircaft Type- Douglas DC-7B: Airline- National Airlines: Fatalities-42: Flight 967, again bound from Tampa International Airport to New Orleans Moissant International Airport may have been the result on an unlawfully act. It was never proven if "an unlawfully act" indeed took down the four engine piston aircraft and was ruled as cause unkown.
My father (Leo J. Donnelly), was a passenger on that flight. (His body was never recovered.)
I know that there was a book written about the flight in reference to a possible plane bombing. I also found out information years ago that it was found that the plane was possibly taken out of the air by a ground to air missile that Howard Hughes was experimenting!
My sources were:
#1 A man I met in a club in Miami that owned a salvage company and stated he recovered the nose of the plane.
#2 Lynn Farrell, (the daughter of my father's employer, (William Farrell), who was also a passenger on the plane).
She found out information from an FBI agent she was aquatinted with that gave her the same information I heard from the Salvage Company owner.
Any help would be appreciated.
WILLIAM MORIATY RESPONDS
Dear Mr. Donnelly:
Thank you very much for your interesting and intriguing e-mail below.
Regrettably I don't know any more about the crash than what was in my original article (La Floridiana, #124, August 5-10, 2002. I recommend that you link to the Aviation Safety Network about this crash at http://aviation-safety.net/database/record.php?id=19591116-1 and contact them to see if the sources who contributed to that report have more knowledge about it.
You may want to also consult with Amazon.com or Alibris to see if there might be the book on the subject that is mentioned in your e-mail (unless you already possess a copy of it). My own search with both of them proved fruitless, but perhaps you will have better results.
Best of luck, and please update us on any revelations that you may uncover in your quest for the truth.
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