Pan Am Flight 759

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Pan Am Flight 759
A Pan Am Boeing 727-235 similar to the aircraft involved in the accident.
Accident summary
DateJuly 9, 1982
SummaryMicroburst-induced wind shear
PlaceKenner, Louisiana
United States
29°59′15″N 90°14′08″W / 29.98750°N 90.23556°W / 29.98750; -90.23556Coordinates: 29°59′15″N 90°14′08″W / 29.98750°N 90.23556°W / 29.98750; -90.23556
Passengers138
Crew7
Fatalities153 (all, including 8 on the ground)
Survivors0
Aircraft typeBoeing 727-235
Aircraft nameClipper Defiance
Airline/userPan Am
RegistrationN4737
Flew fromMiami International Airport
StopoverNew Orleans Int'l Airport
Flying toMcCarran Int'l Airport

Pan Am Flight 759 was a domestic flight from Miami to San Diego with stopovers at New Orleans and Las Vegas, the plane was operated by a Boeing 727 with 145 people on-board. On July 9, 1982 the plane as forced down by a microburst shortly after takeoff, and crashed into a suburb of Kenner. All 145 peole on-board the plane along with eight more on the ground died in the crash.


Nationality Passengers Crew Total
 United States 98 7 105
 Uruguay 11 0 11
 Mexico 3 0 3
 Canada 1 0 1
 Venezuela 1 0 1
 France 4 0 4
 Jamaica 1 0 1
 Yugoslavia 2 0 2
 Puerto Rico 3 0 3
 Switzerland 4 0 4
 United Kingdom 2 0 2
 South Korea 8 0 8
 West Germany 5 0 5
 Belgium 1 0 1
 Netherlands 1 0 1
 Italy 1 0 1
 Hong Kong 4 0 4
 Japan 1 0 1
 Costa Rica 4 0 4
 Australia 2 0 2
 Brazil 7 0 7
 Panama 1 0 1
Total 138 7 145