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User currently offlineBeechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 1499 times:

OK, this is a morbed question, but I am curious. Has anyone (crash investigators, etc.) ever been on the scene of an airliner crash? What was it like? I guess this is probably a question most people have.

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User currently offlineGreggj From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1460 times:

You may want to ask 'vh-eaa'---he has been personally involved in more incidents than the NTSB....

User currently offlineAirCanadaSFO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1440 times:

ROTFLMAO


That was brilliant!

Pat


User currently offlineFirefly_cyhz From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 167 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 1442 times:

I live a couple of miles from where Swissair flight 111 went down although I never went very close to it. In the weeks following the crash wreckage was washing up on the shore near my front yard (I live on the waterfront) and I decided not to go near the shore because body parts were found near by and I didn't want to see any of it. I felt kind of sick for a few days knowing that an MD-11 with 229 people on board had crashed crashed very close to my house and killed everyone on board. It was a very terrible thing to happen.

User currently offlineVirginA340 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 15 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1436 times:

I was at the crash site of PA 103 within 2 days after it crashed (I was visiting the area with my parents because my bestfriend and his family were killed on the flight) The smell of something that was buring was still there because some parts of the destroyed houses in Lockerbie were still smoking. I saw the crater in which one of the wings landed and blew up. It looked like a meator had done the jib. To this day you cans still find very small pieces of wreackage if you're on all fours looking for something. It's almost like the Tenerife crash site where wreackage was still there. I my stomach turned when I saw the nose cone lying on the ground like a svered fish head as well as the destroyed houses because more incocent people had died. I haven't been able to get over it since.


"FUIMUS"
User currently offlineBeechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 1398 times:

I personally don't understand how anyone could possibly be able to work a crash scene. I know all of the different crews (fire and rescue, paramedics, NTSB, FAA, etc.) have to do their jobs, but how can one possibly function in all that carnage??? I would be haunted for life and have nightmares every single time I slept after seeing it. Fortunately Hartsfield, here in ATL, hasn't ever had a crash that I know of. I'm knocking on wood and praying that it will never happen.

User currently offlineBacardi182 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 1088 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 1388 times:

i drive by the site where a DL L1011 crashed while trying to land in dallas during a storm almost everyday. i heard that if you were to really search, you could find small bits of bone and whole teeth. which haunts me to even think about.......

User currently offlineBeechbarron From United States of America, joined May 2000, 134 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (13 years 7 months 3 days ago) and read 1381 times:

Holy Cow!!! That is freaky. What, have you had buddies of yours that have gone digging there???

User currently offlineUAL Bagsmasher From United States of America, joined Sep 1999, 2143 posts, RR: 10
Reply 8, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 23 hours ago) and read 1385 times:

I have visited several sites. I have been to the UA B737-200 site near MDW that occured in 1972. I have been to the Southern Airlines DC-9 site in New Hope Georgia that occured in the 70's. I have been to the UA B737-222 site in COS that occured in 1991. I have also been to the AA DC-10 site in ORD.

User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 9, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1369 times:

I too, drive near the L1011 crash site quite frequently. I have heard, don't know if this is true anymore, that you can still see the skid marks that the plane made on the interstate/expressway. God rest their souls, especially the Vogels, who risked life and limb to save as many people as possible, but could not make it out alive.

User currently offlineSn330 From Belgium, joined Nov 2004, 16 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1371 times:

I too, drive near the L1011 crash site quite frequently. I have heard, don't know if this is true anymore, that you can still see the skid marks that the plane made on the interstate/expressway. God rest their souls, especially the Vogels, who risked life and limb to save as many people as possible, but could not make it out alive.

User currently offlineTWA717_200 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (13 years 7 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1347 times:

My home is 1/2 mile from the park that UAL 585 crashed in. I've been to there once...That was all that I could handle.

It was amazing how emotional I became reading that memorial...

Thought I wanted to be a NTSB investigator until then. That all changed in a hurry.


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