February 8, 1956 in New York history

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64 years ago on February 8th, 1956

Eastern Air Flight 663 swerves to avoid an oncoming aircraft and crashes near Jones Beach, killing all 84 people on board

The Douglas DC-7 was faced with an oncoming Boeing 707 and both aircraft banked right to avoid an apparent collision, with the crew of the 707 later reporting that the planes missed each other by somewhere between 200 and 500 feet. At the time, it was the fifth worst aviation disaster in the U.S.


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Record Low: -7°F in 1934


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