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Overseas National Airways (ONA)

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Known Fleet:



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Heppenheimer, T.A. Turbulent Skies: The History of Commercial Aviation. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1995.


Share Your Memories!

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Your Memories Shared!

"I flew as a flight engineer for ONA on the L-188 electra. It was a cargo version doing work for both the Airforce and the Navy. That was in 1967-68. Ona also flew the DC-9 , DC-8, and DC 10 aircraft. ONA lost a DC-10 on takeoff at JFK, it hit a flock of seagulls which stalled the engines and the airplane lost altitude and slammed into the runway. The airplane burned to the ground, but all personel got out of the aircraft. A deadheading engineer in the junp seat was filming the takeoff and recorded the whole incident. His name was Benjamin Conatser. This incident hit ONA particularly hard because of the millions of dollars worth of spare parts for the Haji operation in Saudi Arabia. To the best of my recollection ONA went out of business in about 1974-76 time period, can't pin point it exactly for I was hired by another company in 1969 and left ONA. The L188 chief engineer was Jack Antablian and then later this position was held by Mr. John Stump. I hope this helps getting the ONA memories started."

--went to NAL

"Hi! I am the webmaster of the crew web of both Overseas National Airways and International Aior Bahama - both airlines are now out of traffic - we have crew reunions all over the world and are reunited on webrings on the internet via emails! Many of us hadn't met in 35 years!!

Best regards
Elisabeth Karlson
Oterdahlsgatan 29
417 16 Gothenburg Sweden

I flew flight attendant 66-67 with ONA and 68-70 with Air Bahama - you are welcome to use any of the material published on our website giving source of prigina, ours or other."

--Elisabeth ONA/IAB



Image courtesy Overseas National Airways

Airline: Overseas National Airways


Location: US


Status: No longer exists

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