1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash

A DC-7CF similar to the accident aircraft

Aviation accident that occurred on December 31, 1972, in Carolina, Puerto Rico.

- 1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash

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1972 Nicaragua earthquake

The 1972 Nicaragua earthquake occurred at 12:29:44 a.m. local time (06:29:44 UTC) on December 23 near Managua, the capital of Nicaragua.

A Nicaraguan soldier patrolling against looters in the aftermath of the earthquake
A hotel destroyed by the quake in Managua's centre
An office block damaged
Bulldozers shifting the rubble

That flight crashed on December 31, 1972, killing Clemente among others.

Roberto Clemente

Puerto Rican professional baseball right fielder who played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Clemente in 1965
Clemente in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve in September 1958.
Letter from State Senator John M. Walker to U.S. Senator Hugh Scott requesting an early release for Roberto Clemente from the Marine Corps for the 1959 season
A statue of Clemente outside of PNC Park in Pittsburgh.
<center>The Roberto Clemente Walker Congressional Gold Medal</center>
<center>Presidential Medal of Freedom</center>
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On December 31, 1972, he died in a plane crash at the age of 38 while en route to deliver aid to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.

Douglas DC-7

American transport aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company from 1953 to 1958.

The DC-7 is a low wing airliner powered by four radial engines
BOAC DC-7C G-AOIC taking off from Manchester UK in April 1958 for a non-stop flight to New York (Idlewild) (later JFK)
Swissair DC-7C in 1961
DC-7CF freighter of BOAC in 1961 converted with forward and rear freight doors
Butler Aircraft Services' DC-7, Tanker 66
DC-7 Cockpit – From the display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC
DC-7 cockpit (with updated avionics)

December 31, 1972: Professional Baseball player Roberto Clemente and 4 others in a chartered DC-7 died when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. Only parts of the fuselage and the body of pilot Jerry Hill were recovered. The cause was traced to maintenance and pilot errors.

Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport

Joint civil-military international airport named for Puerto Rico's first democratically elected governor and located in suburban Carolina, Puerto Rico, 3 mi southeast of San Juan.

Luis Muñoz Marin International Airport in 2009 with clouds overhead
Terminal facade view from the tarmac
Cape Air check in counters
Waiting area at Gate A2
JetBlue flight about to land in Puerto Rico
Waiting area at Gate D2
SJU's Control Tower designed by Segundo Cardona FAIA (SCF Architects)
Teodoro Moscoso Bridge connecting the city of San Juan to the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport in Carolina

On December 31, 1972, baseball star Roberto Clemente and his companions died when their DC-7 crashed soon after takeoff from Isla Verde during a relief flight bound for Nicaragua. Neither the bodies of the victims (except for the pilot's) nor the plane's wreckage was ever found.

Roberto Clemente Jr.

Baseball broadcaster and former professional baseball player from San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Roberto Clemente Jr.

His father died in a plane crash on December 31, 1972, while taking relief supplies to Nicaragua earthquake victims.

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Grouped by the years in which the accidents or incidents occurred.

General aviation aircraft at Cheb Airport, Czech Republic

December 31 – Baseball player Roberto Clemente died when his chartered Douglas DC-7 crashed into the ocean off Isla Verde, Puerto Rico, immediately after takeoff.

2019 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the National Baseball Hall of Fame for 2019 proceeded according to rules most recently amended in 2016.

Mariano Rivera
Roy Halladay
Edgar Martínez
Mike Mussina
Lee Smith
Harold Baines

Roberto Clemente was voted in via a special BBWAA election in 1973, shortly after his death in a plane crash and before he would have been eligible.

1972 in aviation

List of aviation-related events from 1972.

The Boeing 747

December 31 – 1972 Puerto Rico DC-7 crash—Puerto Rican Major League Baseball star Roberto Clemente and all four other people aboard a Douglas DC-7CF die when the plane crashes into the Atlantic Ocean off Isla Verde just after takeoff from San Juan, Puerto Rico. He had chartered the plane to carry aid to Nicaragua after a major earthquake there.

Roberto Clemente Award

Given annually to the Major League Baseball player who "best exemplifies the game of baseball, sportsmanship, community involvement and the individual's contribution to his team", as voted on by baseball fans and members of the media.

In 1971, Willie Mays was the first recipient of the award.
Don Baylor received the award in 1985.
1992 recipient Cal Ripken Jr.
Tony Gwynn was the 1999 recipient.
The first Boston player to receive the award was Tim Wakefield in 2010.
The 2016 award went to Curtis Granderson.

In 1973, the award was renamed after Clemente following his death in a plane crash while he was delivering supplies to victims of the Nicaragua earthquake.

Ron Rivera

American football head coach for the Washington Commanders of the National Football League (NFL).

Rivera in 2022
Rivera with the Panthers in 2016
Rivera in 2021
Rivera and his wife Stephanie at his introductory press conference as Washington head coach, 2020

Rivera's idol while growing up was Puerto Rican baseball player Roberto Clemente, who died in a plane crash while en route to deliver aid to victims of the 1972 Nicaragua earthquake.