NEW YORK. A small 1954 envelope from Messina, Italy, (16.12.1954) to New York that was on a flight that crashed into Jamaica Bay on December 19 after circling the airport for 2½ hours. A violet two line ‘Damaged due to air mail interruption / near N.Y. Int’l Airport DEC 19 1954’ cachet is on the front of the cover. The DC-6 was on its 4th attempt to land at New York-Idlewild when it struck the pier which supported the left row of runway 04 slope line approach lights. The aircraft crashed in flames and sank in Jamaica Bay. The aircraft was on a flight from Roma-Ciampino to New York via Milan, Paris, Shannon, Gander and Boston. 26 of the 32 passengers and crew were killed.