20 Worst Accidents Involving US Carriers

Aviation disasters are becoming more and more frequent in the recent times and have attracted the attention of pilots and non-pilots equally. This is due to the increased interest to learn from these accidents. This section provides you information about the 20 worst aviation accident in USA carriers and reasons of its happening. The objective of pointing out the causes is that future care will be taken to avoid human errors and will also help in shaping the amendment acts which will ensure more safety to the passengers and for the aircraft. 

09/11/2001 New York City, New York American / United Airlines

Date: September 11, 2001

Time: 08:47

Location: New York City, New York

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 11

Route: Boston - Los Angeles

AC Type: Boeing 767-223ER

Registration: N334AA

cn / ln: 22332/169

Aboard: 92 (passengers:81 crew:11)

Fatalities: 92 (passengers:81 crew:11)

Ground Fatalities: 2750

Crash Details: The aircraft was hijacked shortly after it left Logan International Airport in Boston. The hijackers took control of the aircraft and deliberately crashed it into the north tower of the World Trade Center between the 94th and 99th floors at approximately 450 mph. After 102 minutes, the building collapsed. It was one of four planes that were hijacked the same day.

03/27/1977 Tenerife, Canary Islands Pan Am / KLM

Date: March 27, 1977

Time: 17:07

Location: Tenerife, Canary Islands

Operator: Pan American World Airways / KLM

Flight #: 1736/4805

Route: Tenerife - Las Palmas / Tenerife - Las Palmas

AC Type: Boeing B-747-121 / Boeing B-747-206B

Registration: N736PA/PH-BUF

cn / ln: 19643/11 / 20400/157

Aboard: 644 (passengers:614 crew:30)

Fatalities: 583 (passengers:560 crew:23)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: Both aircraft were diverted to Tenerife because of a bombing at Las Palmas Airport. After an extended delay, both planes were instructed to back track up the runway. The KLM plane reached its takeoff point while the Pan Am plane was still on the runway. The Pan Am plane continued up the runway missing the taxiway turnout. There was heavy fog on the runway. The KLM plane began its takeoff roll without permission with the Pan Am plane still on the runway. The KLM plane hit the Pan Am plane just as it was taking off. Both planes burst into flames. KLM 234 + 14 crew, Pan Am 326 + 9 crew killed. All aboard the KLM plane were killed. The Pan Am aircraft was named Clipper Victor. The KLM aircraft was named Rhine River.

05/25/1979 Chicago, Illinois American Airlines

Date: May 25, 1979

Time: 15:04

Location: Chicago O'Hare, Illinois

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 191

Route: Chicago, IL- Los Angeles, CA

AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10

Registration: N110AA

cn / ln: 46510/22

Aboard: 271 (passengers:258 crew:13)

Fatalities: 271 (passengers:258 crew:13)

Ground Fatalities: 2

Crash details: During takeoff just, as the plane lifted from the runway, the left engine and pylon separated from the aircraft damaging the wing and hydraulic system which caused the aircraft to roll and crash. Highest single plane death toll in U.S. aviation history. Asymmetrical stall and the ensuing roll of the aircraft because of the uncommanded retraction of the left wing outboard leading edge slats and the loss of stall warning and slat disagreement indication systems caused by separation of the engine and pylon. Improper maintenance procedures used by American Airlines when dismounting the engines for maintenance, by removing the pylon and engine together, putting strain on the engine mounts leading to stress cracks are the reasons for this disaster.

12/21/1988 Lockerbie, Scotland Pan American World Airways

Date: December 21, 1988

Time: 19:03

Location: Lockerbie, Scotland

Operator: Pan American World Airways

Flight #: 103

Route: London - New York City

AC Type: Boeing B-747-121A

Registration: N739PA

cn / ln: 19646/15

Aboard: 259 (passengers:243 crew:16)

Fatalities: 259 (passengers:243 crew:16)

Ground Fatalities: 11

Crash details: The airliner disappeared from radar shortly after leveling off at FL 310 while on a flight from Heathrow Airport, London, to New York. The aircraft broke up with two main sections of wreckage coming down in the town of Lockerbie. Detonation of an explosive device in the forward cargo area planted by terrorists created this disaster. Musician Paul Jeffreys was killed in this crash. The aircraft was named "Clipper Maid of the Seas."

11/12/2001 Belle Harbor, Queens, New York American Airlines

Date: November 12, 2001

Time: 09:16

Location: Belle Harbor, Queens, New York

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 587

Route: New York City - Santo Domingo, Dominican Rep.

AC Type: Airbus A-300-605R

Registration: N14053

cn / ln: 420

Aboard: 260 (passengers:251 crew:9)

Fatalities: 260 (passengers:251 crew:9)

Ground Fatalities: 5

Crash Details: Three minutes after taking off and while in a climbing left turn, at 2,800 ft., parts of the plane, including the vertical stabilizer and rudder, fell from the aircraft. The crew soon lost control of the plane which nose dived and crashed into a residential neighborhood. After flying into the wake turbulence of about two minutes into the flight, investigators believe a series of quick rudder swings by the copilot whipped the tail so severely that the fin broke off. The National Transportation Safety Board has found that pilot error was the probable cause. Sharply criticizing American Airlines Advanced Aircraft Maneuvering Program, the Board said that American Airlines' pilot training included a simulator exercise which could have caused the first officer to have an unrealistic and exaggerated view of the effects of wake turbulence, erroneously associate wake turbulence encounters with the need for aggressive roll upset recovery techniques and develop control strategies that would produce a much different -- and potentially surprising and confusing -- response if performed during flight. In addition, because of its high sensitivity, the Airbus A-300-600 rudder control system is susceptible to potentially hazardous rudder pedal inputs at higher airspeed.

The monument entitled "Silent Witness" a forever memory to Flight 1285, is located over looking the crash site of the charter Arrow Air DC-8 at Gander Lake, Newfoundland.
The monument entitled "Silent Witness" a forever memory to Flight 1285, is located over looking the crash site of the charter Arrow Air DC-8 at Gander Lake, Newfoundland.

12/12/1985 Gander, Newfoundland, Canada Arrow Airways

Date: December 12, 1985

Time: 06:45

Location: Gander, Newfoundland, Canada

Operator: Arrow Airways

Flight #: MF1285R

Route: Gander - Fort Campbell, KY

AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-8 Super 63PF

Registration: N950JW

cn / ln: 46058/433

Aboard: 256 (passengers:248 crew:8)

Fatalities: 256 (passengers:248 crew:8)

Ground: Fatalities 0

Crash Details: The aircraft stalled and crashed during takeoff. Two hundred and forty four members of the 101st Airborne Division from Fort Campbell, Kentucky were killed in the accident. There is controversy surrounding this crash. The majority opinion of the board was that the cause of the sequence leading up to the stall and crash could not be determined, with icing a possibility. The minority opinion was that the crash was possibly caused by detonation of an explosive device of unknown origin in a cargo compartment which led to an in-flight fire and loss of control of the aircraft.

The wreckage of TWA Flight 800 sits in a hangar in Calverton, N.Y
The wreckage of TWA Flight 800 sits in a hangar in Calverton, N.Y

07/17/1996 Off East Moriches, New York Trans World Airlines

Date: July 17, 1996

Time: 20:31

Location: Off East Moriches, New York

Operator: Trans World Airlines

Flight #: 800

Route: New York City - Paris

AC Type: Boeing B-747-131

Registration: N93119

cn / ln: 20083/153

Aboard: 230 (passengers:212 crew:18)

Fatalities: 230 (passengers:212 crew:18)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: While on a flight from New York to Paris, France, the aircraft exploded at FL 130, broke up and crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Long Island, N.Y. The NTSB determined that the probable cause of the accident was an explosion of the center wing fuel tank resulting from ignition of the flammable fuel/air mixture in the tank. The source of ignition energy for the explosion could not be determined with certainty but, of the sources evaluated by the investigation, the most likely was a short circuit outside of the center wing tank that allowed excessive voltage to enter it through electrical wiring associated with the fuel quantity indication system. To say that numerous government agencies acted strangely and suspiciously would be an understatement. A great deal of evidence was either suppressed or ignored. Rumors persist that the plane was brought down by a missile, either by the Navy conducting exercises in the area or by terrorists.

09/11/2001 Arlington, Virginia American Airlines

Date: September 11, 2001

Time: 09:45

Location: Arlington, Virginia.

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 77

Route: Washington D.C. - Los Angeles

AC Type: Boeing B-757-223

Registration: N644AA

cn / ln: 24602/365

Aboard: 64 (passengers:58 crew:6)

Fatalities: 64 (passengers:58 crew:6)

Ground Fatalities: 125

Crash Details: The aircraft was hijacked after taking off from Dulles International Airport. The hijackers took control of the aircraft and deliberately crashed it into the Pentagon. It was one of four planes that were hijacked the same day.

12/20/1995 Buga, Columbia American Airlines

Date: December 20, 1995

Time: 21:38

Location: Near Buga, Valle del Cauca, Colombia

Operator: American Airlines

Flight #: 965

Route: Miami - Cali

AC Type: Boeing B-757-223

Registration: N651A

cn / ln: 24609

Aboard: 164 (passengers:156 crew:8)

Fatalities: 160 (passengers:152 crew:8)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: While on a flight from Miami, FL to Cali, Columbia the aircraft crashed into Mt. El Deluvio 38 miles north of Cali while attempting to land. On approach, the crew was requested to report over Tulua VOR which they already passed. This confused them and they decided to go direct to Rozo beacon. Entering the abbreviation "R", incorrectly steered the plane towards Bogota. More than a minute into the turn the crew steered manually toward Cali, but this now took them into the path of a mountain. Crew error, Lack of situational awareness, failure to adequately plan and execute the approach, failure to realize that the FMS had turned the aircraft toward mountains and also Crew neglecting to retract the speed brakes after the Ground Proximity Warning System alert, Lack of adequate radar, Different Flight Management System naming convention from that published in navigational charts are all reasons clamed for this crash.

Memorial to the people who were killed from the crash of Flight 255 at a bridge on I-94 in Romulus, Michigan, at 8:48 pm on August 16, 1987. Apparently the plane's wing touched a building on the airport property, then flipped over on to the ground, k
Memorial to the people who were killed from the crash of Flight 255 at a bridge on I-94 in Romulus, Michigan, at 8:48 pm on August 16, 1987. Apparently the plane's wing touched a building on the airport property, then flipped over on to the ground, k

08/16/1987 Romulus, Michigan Northwest Airlines

Date: August 16, 1987

Time: 20:46

Location: Romulus, Michigan

Operator: Northwest Airlines

Flight #: 255

Route: Detroit, MI - Phoenix, AZ

AC Type: McDonnell Douglas MD-82

Registration: N312RC

cn / ln: 48090/1040

Aboard: 155 (passengers:149 crew:6)

Fatalities: 154 (passengers:148 crew:6)

Ground Fatalities: 2

Crash Details: The aircraft stalled and crashed during takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. After liftoff, the wings of the airplane rolled to the left and right and then the aircraft collided with obstacles northeast of the runway when the left wing struck light poles and the roof of a rental car agency. A 4-year-old girl, Cecilia Cichan, was the only survivor. Slats and flaps did not extend. Crew's failed to use taxi checklist to ensure flaps and slats were extended. Lack of electrical power to the aircraft takeoff warning system. Cecelia is now married and has earned a Psychology degree from the University of Alabama. Although she has made no public statements or attended annual memorial services regarding the tragic crash, she corresponds with some of the crash victims’ loved ones.

07/09/1982 Kenner, Louisiana Pan American World Airways

Date: July 09, 1982

Time: 16:09

Location: Kenner, Louisiana

Operator: Pan American World Airways

Flight #: 759

Route: New Orleans - Las Vegas

AC Type: Boeing B-727-235

Registration: N4737

cn / ln: 19457/518

Aboard: 145 (passengers:138 crew:7)

Fatalities: 145 (passengers:138 crew:7)

Ground Fatalities: 8

Crash Details: The aircraft crashed during a thunderstorm, 29 seconds after taking off from New Orleans International Airport. The plane reached an altitude of 95 to 150 feet and then began to descend and crashed into trees and houses bursting into flames. Microbust induced windshear. There was Limited capability of current ground-based low-level windshear detection technology. The aircraft was named "Clipper Defiance."

The aircraft crashed after colliding with a Cessna 172 while on a downwind for runway 27 at San Diego. The PSA jet's flight crew was cited at fault for failing to maintain visual separation with the Cessna after reporting it in sight.
The aircraft crashed after colliding with a Cessna 172 while on a downwind for runway 27 at San Diego. The PSA jet's flight crew was cited at fault for failing to maintain visual separation with the Cessna after reporting it in sight.

09/25/1978 San Diego, California Pacific Southwest/Private

Date: September 25, 1978

Time: 09:02

Location: San Diego, California

Operator: Pacific Southwest Airlines / Private

Flight #: 182

Route: Los Angeles - San Diego

AC Type: Boeing B-727-214 / Cessna 172

Registration: N533PS/N7711G

Aboard: 137 (passengers:128 crew:9)

Fatalities: 137 (passengers:128 crew:9)

Ground Fatalities: 7

Crash Details: Midair collision. The PSA was descending and about to land at Lindbergh Field. The Cessna was climbing while engaged in practice approaches. The 727 overtook and struck the Cessna from the rear. The primary cause was the PSA crew lost sight of the Cessna and did not make that fact known to the ATC. The ATC failed to realize from the PSA transmissions that they lost sight of the Cessna. One hundred thirty-five killed on the PSA, two on the Cessna and seven on the ground. Crew fatigue may have played a part in the accident as there are unofficial reports that the crew attended an all night party and had only 2 hours sleep from the night before.

08/02/1985 Ft. Worth-Dallas, Texas Delta Air Lines

Date: August 02, 1985

Time: 18:06

Location: Ft. Worth-Dallas, Texas

Operator: Delta Air Lines

Flight #: 191

Route: Fort Lauderdale - Dallas-Fort Worth

AC Type: Lockheed L-1011-1 TriStar

Registration: N726DA

cn / ln: 1163

Aboard: 163 (passengers:152 crew:11)

Fatalities: 134 (passengers:126 crew:8)

Ground Fatalities: 1

Crash Details: While on a flight from Fort Lauderdale, FL to Dallas/ Fort Worth, the aircraft crashed while making a landing attempt in thunderstorm activity. The plane touched down 6,000 feet short of the runway and 360 feet to the left of the runway centerline, became airborne again, struck a car killing the driver, crossed the highway and crashed into two water tank reservoirs. Microburst induced windshear was the reason for this malfunction. The flightcrew's decision to initiate and continue the approach into a cumulonimbus cloud which they observed to contain lightning was one wrong step towards disaster. Lack of training for avoiding and escaping from low-altitude windshear is the dominant reason for this crash.

12/16/1960 Staten Island/Brooklyn, New York United Air Lines / TWA

Date: December 16, 1960

Time: 10:33

Location: Staten Island / Brooklyn, New York

Operator: United Air Lines / Trans World Airlines

Flight #: 826/266

Route: Chicago - New York City / Columbus - New York City

AC Type: MD DC-8-11 / Lockheed 1049 S Const

Registration: N8013U/N6907C

cn / ln: 45290 /4021

Aboard: 128 (passengers:116 crew:12)

Fatalities: 128 (passengers:116 crew:12)

Ground Fatalities: 6

Crash Details: A midair collision took place over Staten Island at 5,000 ft. The Connie was cleared to land at La Guardia Airport on Runway 04 when the United DC-8 struck the Connie tearing it apart. The Connie immediately crashed to the ground at Miller Army Air Field on Staten Island. One passenger was sucked out into one of the DC8s jet engines. Other passengers fell from the Connie as the spinning fuselage fell onto Staten Island. The United jet tried to make an emergency landing at La Guardia Airport but could not maintain altitude and crashed into the streets of Brooklyn. Forty-four passengers on the Constellation and eighty four passengers on the DC-8 were killed. Three passengers from the DC-8 died shortly after. One young boy, Stephen Baltz survived several days before succumbing to his injuries. Six people were also killed on the ground. The United crew entered a low-altitude holding pattern at 500 miles per hour, twice the speed it should have been going and flew past the clearance limits and airspace allocated to the flight. One of 2 VORs on the DC-8 was not functioning. Although the crew knew this, they failed to report this to the ATC, who probably would have provided extra radar assistance.

09/08/1994 Aliquippa, Pennsylvania USAir

Date: September 08, 1994

Time: 19:03

Location: Near Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

Operator: USAir

Flight #: 427

Route: Chicago - Pittsburgh

AC Type: Boeing B-737-3B7

Registration: N513AU

cn / ln: 23699/1452

Aboard: 132 (passengers:127 crew:5)

Fatalities: 132 (passengers:127 crew:5)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: While on approach, the aircraft went into a sudden nose dive from 6,000 ft. and crashed into a wooded ravine 6 miles northwest of Pittsburgh International Airport. The accident was caused by a loss of control of the aircraft resulting from the movement of the rudder surface to its blowdown limit or an uncommanded rudder reversal. The rudder surface deflected in a direction opposite to that commanded by the pilots as a result of a jam of the main rudder PCU servo valve secondary slide to the servo valve housing offset from its neutral position and overtravel of the primary slide. The most likely sequence of events that led up to the accident included the jamming of the PCU servo valve, the application of light left rudder followed by hard right rudder which caused the rudder to reverse in the opposite direction the pilot commanded it to go. The application of hard right rudder was possibly initiated because the plane flew into the wake vortex of a B-727 which rolled the plane to the left. Rudder hardover is normally corrected with the stick (ailerons) but because the plane was flying at the crossover speed of 190 knots with flaps 1, using the stick would not correct the situation. When the right rudder was applied the rudder went to its fullblown left position causing the plane to roll further left, stall and go into a dive. Some speculate if the pilot-in-command pushed forward on the yoke to gain some speed rather than pull back, the accident possibly could have been avoided. Blame was not placed on the crew because there was no mention of this type of recovery by the manufacturer nor was there any training for such an occurrence.

 

The remains of the unidentified victims aboard the United Airlines DC-7 are buried in Grand Canyon Cemetery. The unidentified victims aboard the TWA Constellation were interred at Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff, Arizona
The remains of the unidentified victims aboard the United Airlines DC-7 are buried in Grand Canyon Cemetery. The unidentified victims aboard the TWA Constellation were interred at Citizens Cemetery in Flagstaff, Arizona

06/30/1956 Grand Canyon, Arizona United Airlines / TWA

Date: June 30, 1956

Time: 10:32

Location: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Operator: United Air Lines / Trans World Airlines

Flight #: 718 / 2

Route: Los Angeles - Chicago / Los Angeles - Kansas City

AC Type: Douglas DC-7 / Lockheed S Constellation

Registration: N6902C/N6324C

cn / ln: 44288 / 4016

Aboard: 128 (passengers:117 crew:11)

Fatalities: 128 (passengers:117 crew:11)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: The TWA aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Kansas City and the United Aircraft flying from Los Angeles to Chicago collided over the Grand Canyon. Both planes were traveling about 320 mph. Both aircraft were flying in uncontrolled airspace. All fifty-eight on the DC-7 and seventy on the Constellation were killed. The pilots did not see each other in time to avoid the collision. It is not possible to determine why the pilots did not see each other, but the evidence suggests that it resulted from any one or a combination of the following factors: 1) Intervening clouds reducing time for visual separation 2) Visual limitations due to cockpit visibility 3) Preoccupation with normal cockpit duties.

 

Aerial view shows wreckage, rescue vehicles and shroud-covered bodies of victims of ill-fated Eastern Airlines' Boeing 727 which crashed during an apparently normal landing approach to the airport
Aerial view shows wreckage, rescue vehicles and shroud-covered bodies of victims of ill-fated Eastern Airlines' Boeing 727 which crashed during an apparently normal landing approach to the airport
This plane broke up and caught fire after striking approach lights during an instrument landing.
This plane broke up and caught fire after striking approach lights during an instrument landing.

06/24/1975 New York, New York Eastern Air Lines

Date: June 24, 1975

Time: 16:05

Location: JFK Airport, New York, New York

Operator: Eastern Air Lines

Flight #: 66

Route: New Orleans - New York City

AC Type: Boeing B-727-225

Registration: N8845E

cn / ln: 20443/837

Aboard: 124 (passengers:116 crew:8)

Fatalities: 113 (passengers:107 crew:6)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: The aircraft crashed into the approach lights to runway 22L at JFK while on an ILS approach to the runway. Aircraft encountered with heavy rain and a very strong thunderstorm that was located astride the ILS localizer course which resulted in a high descent rate into approach light towers.The flightcrew's delayed recognition and correction of the high descent rate and their reliance upon visual cues rather than on flight instrument reference was another fact for this crash. However, the adverse winds might have been too severe for a successful approach and landing even had they relied upon and responded rapidly to the indications of the flight instruments.Contributing to the accident was the continued use of Runway 22L when it should have become evident to both air traffic control personnel and the flightcrew that a severe weather hazard existed along the approach path.

 

1989, United Airlines flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route for Chicago OHare from Denver, crashes in Sioux City, Iowa, following the uncontained failure of the #2 engine and the loss of all hydraulic controls.
1989, United Airlines flight 232, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 en route for Chicago OHare from Denver, crashes in Sioux City, Iowa, following the uncontained failure of the #2 engine and the loss of all hydraulic controls.
 United Airlines Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.. 111 of those on board were killed - but the actions of the crew helped save the other 185 flying on the DC-10
United Airlines Flight 232 crash landed in Sioux City, Iowa, U.S.. 111 of those on board were killed - but the actions of the crew helped save the other 185 flying on the DC-10

07/19/1989 Sioux City, Iowa United Airlines

Date: July 19, 1989

Time: 16:00

Location: Sioux City, Iowa

Operator: United Air Lines

Flight #: 232

Route: Denver, CO - Chicago, IL

AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10

Registration: N1819U

cn / ln: 46618

Aboard: 298 (passengers:287 crew:11)

Fatalities: 112 (passengers:111 crew:1)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: Catastrophic failure of the No. 2 (rear) engine while en route from Denver to Chicago, with total loss of all three hydraulics systems due to damage was the reason for crash. The aircraft maneuvering with only the thrust of the engines, crashed while attempting to land at Sioux City. Failure to detect a fatigue crack in the No. 2 engine resulting in the disintegration of the fan disk and loss of all three hydraulic systems. This crash is the Subject of the 1992 TV-movie "Crash Landing: The Rescue of Flight 232."

09/04/1971 Juneau, Alaska Alaska Airlines

Date: September 04, 1971

Time: 11:15

Location: Near Juneau, Alaska

Operator: Alaska Airlines

Flight #: 1866

Route: Anchorage - Seattle

AC Type: Boeing B-727-193

Registration: N2969G

cn / ln: 19304/287

Aboard: 111 (passengers:104 crew:7)

Fatalities: 111 (passengers:104 crew:7)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: The aircraft crashed into the slopes of Chikat Mountain in rain and fog while attempting a non-precision instrument landing at Juneau Municipal Airport. Reason for crash was Display of misleading navigation information which resulted in the premature descent below obstacle clearance altitude. The crew didn't use all available navaids to check the position of the aircraft.

05/11/1996 Everglades, Miami, Florida Valujet

Date: May 11, 1996

Time: 14:15

Location: Everglades, Miami, Florida

Operator: ValuJet

Flight #: 592

Route: Miami - Atlanta

AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-32

Registration: N904VJ

cn / ln: 47377/496

Aboard: 110 (passengers:105 crew:5)

Fatalities: 110 (passengers:105 crew:5)

Ground Fatalities: 0

Crash Details: The aircraft crashed 18 miles NW of Miami airport in a remote part of the Everglades. Shortly after taking off, after the crew reported fire and smoke in the cabin and cockpit. The in-flight fire was caused by activation of one or more oxygen generators in the forward cargo hold. The generators were outdated, improperly labeled, lacked safety caps and were prohibited from being transported on a passenger flight. The loss of control resulted either from flight control failure or incapacitation of the crew due to extreme heat and smoke. Candi Kubeck was the first American female commercial airline captain to be killed in a crash. San Diego Chargers running back Rodney Culver, 26, and his wife were among the passengers killed and also singer, songwriter Walter Hyatt, 46.

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livingsta 3 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Tim,

Thank you for reading and sharing your thoughts. Also, thank you for pointing this out. I will have a look through this and make the necessary amendments. Have a great week ahead.


Tim 3 years ago

one UAL 232 pic shows a burning fuselage with the vertical stabilizer still attached and the fuse not in a corn field. Pic might belong to a different incident.


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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom Author

That's really sad Monica!


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monicamelendez 4 years ago from Salt Lake City

So sad. I can still remember where I was for most of the crashes that happened during my lifetime.


Ray Wetsphal 5 years ago

DELTA FLIGHT 191 was the flight I was speaking of above. Florida to Dallas Ft.Worth


Ray Westphal 5 years ago

Back in 1985 I had an intuition of commercial airline crash and it happened. One night I was talking to a girlfriend that was packing in Florida to come back to DFW airport. After i got off the phone with her I laid down to go to sleep. I kept thinking, what if she dies in a plane crash? and then told myself to go to sleep I am letting my imagination get away. I wanted to call her but I didn't. I stayed awake all night thinkng about it trying to get it out of my head! This is crazy!!! I can't sleep because of this. Then something told me that she would definitely not be in the crash however a VERY VERY!! strong feeling and almost a voice told me it would not be her in the accident and there would be a commercial airlines crashing at DFW airport the next day. I wanted so badly to call someone like the airport. I knew if I did that it would not go well for me. So I kept it to myself and now I can go to sleep. The next day I was at work and she was there saying did you hear about the plane crash at DFW airport? I said no, was there really? they all said yes! I said huh and went back to work. I was not going to tell anyone I was silly. I never said a word to anyone until years later. Was it a six sense? I don't know but I have had many encouters in my life that are to close to call. I don't know if there is a God but I sure hope there is. Maybe this is his way of making me believe. Maybe it was already going to happen but he let me know it. Being a maybe believer in God he is trying to touch me in some way. Anyway, I just wanted to share this story. August 2nd was my girlfriends birthday How crazy is that?


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livingsta 5 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thank you for the info True Christian.


TrueChristian2 5 years ago

I was a block away when the plane crashed in New Orleans in 1982. There was NO thunderstorm. Bright, hot sunny afternoon. "Descend and crash' is one way to say it, more literally, "dropped from the sky."


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livingsta 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

hello all, thank you so much for passing by and appreciating my effort


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livingsta 6 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Thaks for the info BS


bs 6 years ago

All of your photos next to ValueJet flight 592 are from a different crash. The DC9 in that crash was pulverized into tiny pieces, was a narrow body aircraft, and occurred in the 1996 but the styles in these photos point to the 1970s. Those photos are likely from Eastern Air 401, a wide-body airliner that crashed near the crash site of 592.


bob 6 years ago

I saw American airlines flight 11 and united 175 crash


wrongful death case 6 years ago

Just the stats and info I was looking for! Thanks!

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