45 years since the deadliest crash in US history | Airlines

May 25, 2024, will mark 45 years to the day that America watched in horror as 273 people perished in the country’s deadliest ever plane crash.    

That such a bleak record has stood for so long is some testament to United States’ strong safety record, but with so many deaths under such tragic circumstances, the incident in 1979 remains a genuinely shocking catastrophe.  

Sara Collins, David Coughlin, Mario Crucioli, Carol Ferntheil and Laura Marquet were just a handful of the people among the hundreds named as dead in the Washington Post two days after the disaster. 

On May 25, 2024, family members and friends of those that were killed in the American Airlines Flight 191 crash will gather at the Memorial Wall and Garden in Des Plaines, a suburb of Chicago.  

The Memorial Wall was dedicated to the victims of the disaster back in 2011 and it has since become a focus point for remembering those who died.  

At 15:01, those attending will turn west towards Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD) Runway 32R and observe 31 seconds of silence, the exact amount of time for which the plane was airborne. 

What happened on that fateful day? 

On May 25, 1979, an American Airlines McDonnell Douglas DC-10-10 was due to depart Chicago O’Hare Airport for Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) in California.  

However, the flight ended in disaster 31 seconds after the triple engine…

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