Northeast Airlines Flight 823, a Douglas DC-6A, N 34954, crash landed on Rikers Island, New York, at 18021 on Feb. 1, 1957. The accident occurred at night under IFR [Instrument Flight Rules] conditions less than one minute after takeoff from runway 4, La Guardia Field, New York.
There were 101 persons aboard the aircraft -- 95 passengers (which included 11 children) and six crew members. Of these 20 passengers received fatal injury, 25 passengers and three stewardesses serious injury, and 50 passengers minor injury. The pilot, copilot, and flight engineer were uninjured.