Episode 83: Was the 1962 Crash of Flight 11 Really An Accident?

In 1962, Continental Airlines Boeing 707 Flight 11 crashed in Unionville, Missouri. It had been hit with enough force that a tornado was originally to blame. But was it really a tragic accident, or had something far more sinister caused the crash?



Missouri Office of the Secretary of State; Jefferson City, Missouri; Missouri Death Certificates, 1910-1969

The Jet Age: 1958 – Now. Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. http://www.airandspace.si.edu.

45 Die When Jetliner Breaks Up Over Iowa. Des Moines Tribune, 5/23/1962.

Former D.M. Man on Plane. Des Moines Tribune, 5/23/1962

All Dead in Jet Airliner’s Crash. The Kansas City Star, 5/23/1962

Hints of Explosion in Airliner Crash. The Des Moines Register, 5/24/1962

Plan Mock-Up of Jet Remains. The Kansas City Times, 5/25/1962

Blast As Cause of Crash. The Kansas City Star, 5/26/1962

Locate Point of Explosion in Airliner. The Des Moines Register, 5/28/1962

CAB Head Discuses Jet Crash. The Des Moines Tribune, 5/29/1962

Check Crash Victims. The Kansas City Star, 5/30/1962

Thomas G. Doty: Investigating Jet Passenger. The Des Moines Tribune, 5/30/1962

Task at Crash Site Near End. The Kansas City Star, 5/31/1962

$275,000 in Risk Policies on Man in Plane Blast. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 5/31/1962

Meticulous Work, Long Hours Reveal Bomb Wrecked Airliner. The Kansas City Star, 6/3/1962

Explosives Sold to Victim of Air Crash, It is Said. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/16/1962

Explosives Sold to Missouri Air Crash Victim, FBI Discloses. St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 6/17/1962

A Magazine Called Wallaces’ Farmer. Iowa Pathways. http://www.iowapbs.org.

Aviation Safety Network. http://www.aviation-safety.net

Bender, Jonathan. Fifty years ago this week, Continental Flight 11 fell out of the sky over Unionville. The Pitch. 5/23/2012. http://www.thepitchkc.com

Air Traffic Control and Radar. http://www.ethw.org


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