30 Years Ago- Death On The Potomac

A heavy, swirling snowstorm had choked the streets of Washington, DC.  Overhead, the shapes of huge aircraft were barely visible as they took off from nearby National Airport.  Suddenly, a a blue, green and white jetliner loomed out of the opaque sky, losing altitude fast and heading straight for the crowded 14th st. bridge.  Motorists gaped in horror as the plane raked the surface of the northbound span, shearing the tops off several cars, then plunged into the freezing water as it broke apart.  [78 people were killed]

Newsweek January 25, 1982
Read the cockpit recording transcript; Watch the dramatic rescue

30 Years Ago- Death On The Potomac

A heavy, swirling snowstorm had choked the streets of Washington, DC.  Overhead, the shapes of huge aircraft were barely visible as they took off from nearby National Airport.  Suddenly, a a blue, green and white jetliner loomed out of the opaque sky, losing altitude fast and heading straight for the crowded 14th st. bridge.  Motorists gaped in horror as the plane raked the surface of the northbound span, shearing the tops off several cars, then plunged into the freezing water as it broke apart.  [78 people were killed]

Newsweek January 25, 1982

Read the cockpit recording transcript; Watch the dramatic rescue



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    This makes me feel chills. If they had turned on the antifreeze…
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    Wow, thanks guys. Just post this the day before I fly back into DC…
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