Transcribed from Ocala Star-Banner, Ocala, FL, March 9, 1962, p. 7:

Flight Recorder of Ill-Fated Plane Found

 

NEW YORK (AP)–The flight recorder of the American Airlines jetliner that crashed March 1 has been dredged from the water of Jamaica Bay and sent to Washington. Investigators hope it may provide clues to the cause of the crash that cost the lives of all 95 aboard.

The flight recorder–an orange-painted sphere about the size of a basketball–was designed to record automatically the speed, altitude, compass heading and other details of a flight.

Civil Aeronautics Board investigators said the device was relatively undamaged and may give some indication of why the jetliner plunged into the bay only three miles from Idlewild Airport. It had just taken off for a nonstop flight to Los Angeles.

CAB staff member Edward E. Slattery Jr. has cautioned that the recorder may be able to tell what happened but not why it happened.

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