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Dec. 19, 1960


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Posted by Nate Goldman on Wednesday, December 19th 2018:

It was 58 years ago today, that a massive fire on the USS Constellation, an aircraft carrier under construction in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, cost the lives of over 50 civilian and military personnel. That accident occurred on a Monday, only three days after the United DC-8 Jet crashing into 7th Avenue and Sterling Place, in Park Slope. Needless to say, the Fire Department, Police Department, EMS, and other emergency and rescue personnel, were stretched to the limit. Eventually, the Constellation was repaired, and launched in 1961. However, it had additional problems at sea. I saw it being brought back to the Navy Yard by tug boats. In any event, the Constellation proudly served our nation until 2004, when it was deactivated.

Reference ID: BK95659



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