Thanks to Jill Breitbarth who provided me with a clipping from the New York Times reporting on the crash of Pan Am 217 including a listing of the passengers on the flight. The original posting appeared on this blog several months ago.

Some of the names on the list have typos but it is the only comprehensive listing that I have seen of the passengers and crew on that ill-fated flight.

I will be pleased to correct any typos or inaccuracies if they are brought to my attention.


Franciska Buyers is listed as “Francisca BULLYARD – Stewardess”
Anita Englander is listed as “Anita Engeleand”
Eva Johanson is listed as “Eva Johnson”

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30 Responses to “List of crew and passengers killed on Pan Am 217 – “Clipper Malay””

  1. catherine becker says:

    I had a friend aboard that flight. Anita Englander. Could there be a misspelling in the passenger listed as Engeleand? We both lived in Venezuela.
    Anita was on her way back to Venezuela after attending her son’s college graduation.
    I’ve never forgotten her……I never will.

  2. TJ says:

    Catherine, I am sure that your friend’s name was not spelled correctly……..and “Engeleand” is likely a reference to her.

  3. Vibeke says:

    The same can be said in the case of Eva Johanson. Her name is listed as Johnson.

  4. David Morrow says:

    I was a friend of passenger P. Guttman on Flight 217. His full name was Pablo Guttman, son of Hans Guttman, both of Caracas. He was a
    student at Clarkson College of Technology, Potsdam, New York and studying chemical engineering. An award in his name is given at
    Clarkson each year to an outstanding student in chemical engineering.

    Thank you for your excellent blog!

  5. Sandy says:

    Damaris Rodriguez is listed as “De Maris” Rodriguez

  6. Robert Benavides says:

    Yo creo que estaremos vivos en esta tierra hasta que nos olviden
    y veo que ya pasado 40 años del accidentes hay amigos que todavia
    recuerdan a sus amigos. yo tenia 10 años y todavía me acuerdo del
    accidente y el avion llevaba correspondencia la cual se rescato porque estaba flotando y la cual entrega a sus destinatarios con la nota que fue rescatada del avion de Pan Am siniestrado a 5 minutos
    de Maiquetia. realmente no se las causas del accidente, seria
    por falta de gasolina ?

  7. Nathalie Trottier says:

    Please guide me to the article listing the name of passengers. My grand pa was one of them and I still remember when this happened and my mom crying in my dad s arms. His name was Louis Philippe Lariviere. He was an aawesome grand pa and I missed all my life.

  8. Chris says:

    Who decided my mother’s name was “Clemm”? What?

    She was Patricia Alice Norgan Haynes!

    Just the day or so before she asked a seven year old daughter of a friend of hers about the Christmas presents she had bought for her kids.

    Then six months later that little girl became my step-sister. We have a weird family. But not weird enough that a woman would be called “Clemm.”

    I am trying to see the humor, while typing through the tears… there is no set time for the healing the wounds of a child losing a parent. Even though I got a wrongful death settlement to pay for college, I still grieve. As noted at the bottom of this page.

  9. stephan jancke says:

    my father was on that air plane, I was ten years old at that time. He is listed as Jarcke, J. his correct name was Guenter Jancke.

  10. Juan says:

    My Mom, Gladys Delgado, had made reservations to take this flight back and spend Christmas in Venezuela, she missed it, saving her life, her family was at the airport waiting for her when the accident happened not knowing she was not in the plane. They have a lot of stories and they probably meet some of the other people family… I wonder if there is such as a reservation list for this flight? .

  11. Judy Geva says:

    David Morrow, Paul Guttman was my 1st Cousin.
    I still miss him so much.
    His tragedy became even worth when his brother was killed in 1985 by a private plane crashing into the ocean.

  12. Anna Koffer says:

    Dear David Morrow and Judy Geva, Hans Guttman was my father’s cousin – I knew him and Eva well.
    I live in London and can’t any more get any contact with Hans and Eva. I would be very grateful if you could let me know of any news about them. Best wishes Anna Koffer

  13. John caplan says:

    Iamthe husband of crewmember Heidi Caplan note correct spelling of her name

  14. Judy G. says:

    Dear Anna Koffer,
    I think I replied to you a while back.
    Unfortunately, Hans Passed away 4 yrs. ago.
    Eva is still alive – 93 yrs old. Still in Caracas.

  15. ROXANNE LOGET says:

    “Ambrey, M. – Stewardess” refers to Marianne Ambrey who was just minutes away from receiving “her wings” following this, her training flight. Marianne grew up in Ottawa, Canada, went to school in Ann Arbor, Michigan, then to San Francisco (where we met & became bf’s) then to Miami Stew School. She was 22.

  16. Ricardo Zambrano says:

    Curra Rafael, whose full name was Dr. Rafael Antonio Curra, was a Venezuelan scientist born in Ciudad Bolivar in 1934, a normalist teacher, and professor of biology and chemistry with honors at the Pedagogical Institute of Caracas. His research interests lead him to optain a master’s degree in Marine Zoology at UCLA and a PhD in Marine Morphology at the University of Edinburgh. He was a founding professor of the University of Oriente in Venezuela (UDO) and one of the pioneers in oceanographic studies in Venezuela. The library of the Oceanographic Institute of Venezuela – of which he was director at the time of his death – bears his name.

    Those who knew him in life attest to his great sensitivity and extraordinary human quality, as well as his great professional and intellectual capacity even at an very early age.

    Here you may see a a Rafael’s Photo taken a few month before his dead. He was 34 years old

  17. Anton Buyers says:

    Franciska Buyers is listed as “Francisca BULLYARD – Stewardess”.

    I am Franciska’s brother, Anton, and would like to know what really occurred as Pan Am 217 – “Clipper Malay” was approaching the airport off Caracus.

    Thank you.

  18. Lizzie Lee says:

    To all that are seeing this comment. Some of you posted in one of Rana’s blog the idea to meet this coming December 12, 2018 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the accident and to honor the crew and passengers. I have created a Facebook Page for the event, please, contact me via these replies, or search for the Facebook Page “Pan American Flight 217-Clipper Malay – New York/Maiquetía – Dec 12, 1968”

  19. Lissette Lurker says:

    For those who are wondering what happened to this flight. The information that I’m seeing was inconclusive. They chalk it up to Pilot error related to an optical illusion. That the pilot landed short of the runway into the water. I heard from my family for many years that this explanation didn’t make sense because this pilot had made the trip many times. So it is a mystery.

  20. Lissette Lurker says:

    My condolences to those who lost family members. Our family lost two.

  21. Cameron Kane says:

    Rana, Can you please send my email to Anton Buyers? He posted on April 8, 2018 at 2:00 pm. Francisca and my sister were friends. Thank you.

  22. TJ says:

    Cameron, I emailed Anton at your request and provided him with your email address.

  23. Dear all,
    I am Felicitas Kort, daughter of Sofia Kort Z’L one of the PAA victims on December 12, 1968.
    Once more Lizzie Lee I am impressed by your efforts to contact us – the family members of this unforgettable tragedy.
    Frequently I remember my mom since we had an awesome relationship.

    I live in NYC so please let me know how I can help to organize this honorable event.
    Looking forward to meeting all of you.

  24. Jill says:

    A note to all who might be interested and live in the New York city area: A few of us will be meeting on December 12th starting at 11:30 a.m. in Manhattan for a memorial gathering, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the tragedy. If you would like further details, please either go to the FaceBook page “Pan American Flight 217-Clipper Malay – New York/Maiquetía – Dec 12, 1968″ or post any questions you might have right here on TJ’s blog. Thank you.

  25. Michael says:

    What was the cause this brand new airplane to crash into the sea.I dont believe the previous reason (optical illusion).What took place in that aircraft on that night,

  26. Karin Ruckhaus says:

    Hello David, Judy and Anna,

    My family and the Gutmans were close friends in Caracas. Eva died a couple of years ago, and thus, the nuclear family of Hans, Eva, Pablo and Pedro, is gone. My mother still has lovely photos of our times together. It heartens me to see that others remember them fondly.

  27. Marcia Binder says:

    My oldest girlfriend, somewhat more of a sister to me, was Katherine Kane, a flight attendant killed in this accident. I was a freshman in college when I was called home by my mother to be told the news. Everything changed that day. I will never forget her.

  28. Karen says:

    My grandparents, Dorothy and Joseph Kantor, perished in the flight. They were in their 60’s, I was 12.

    Thank you for remembering all who were lost, as well as those who grieve.

    There’s very little online now that provides anything more than a cursory description.

    Thank you for your efforts.

  29. Ray says:

    This is to Chris who posted above that her mother Patricia Alice Norgan Haynes was lost in the accident. I believe she was married to my Uncle Harvey Haynes (my dad’s brother). My dad’s side of the family was not very close so I don’t know much about them. I thought it was worth mentioning to you that the only time I ever saw my dad cry was when he got the news about your mom. I was only 12 at the time but remember it well. I am so sorry of the pain that you still have after all these years.

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