—What Newsweek Reported On The Crash That Killed Buddy Holly And Richie Valens (The Day The Music Died) On February 3, 1959.
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
On This Date In 1960, Two Airliners Collided Over New York City In the Nation’s Worst Air Disaster
The 132-ton jet dropped like a burning meteorite into the heart of teeming Brooklyn, upon a rundown residential area called Park Slope. It slashed across a four-story tenement building , then rammed into a church across the street called the Pillar of Fire. As the great plane settled into the street, there was a series of of small explosions that sent a rain of sparks over nearby roofs and sprayed wreckage in all directions. As for the jet’s 77 passengers, they had little or no chance. All were killed-but one. Little Stephen Baltz had been thrown clear of the wreckage and was found some 30 feet away in a snowbank. His clothes were alight and he was severely burned. Nevertheless, he was alive. At Methodist Hospital, doctors worked all night to save him. For hours it looked hopeful. By next afternoon, he died.
Newsweek December 26, 1960