I read the book "Ghost of Flight 401" when I was teenager (late '80s) and it freaked me out. I'm not one easily spooked but perhaps combining ghosts and the paranormal with one of my loves, aviation, hit pretty close to home.
The gist of the story is that Eastern L-1011 left JFK
one cold night in December 1972, soon after the type was placed in service for EA
. The book describes in great detail some of the passenger bios and the way the plane looked and felt (it was new). It crashed on a go-around I think, because of something stupid like a burned out bulb. The three pilots in the cockpit, plus one technical observer, realized too late that they were about the crash. The good news is that some people made it out. I don't recall the numbers, but I want to say about half lived.
The captain, Bob Loft, was well known to most EA
employees at that time. He had tons of experience and was very highly regarded. Obviously the aircraft was written off, but non-critical parts of the plane were rehabilitated and re-used on newer aircraft or for spares.
The L-1011 was unique because the "kitchen" area was actually below deck in a small space only accessible by a small elevator. One aircraft, I do not recall the tail number, inherited several pieces of galley equipment from the doomed plane and, not surprisingly, this plane was the one that had the most sightings.
There were also sightings of the captain, as AA777MIA pointed out. One time, another pilot was summoned to the cabin because of a mysterious uniformed captain who was sitting in First Class but was not on the manifest. The pilot came out and saw Bob Loft, who then vanished - spooky stuff! Sounds Scooby-Dooish, but it is still creepy!
There were also apparations seen and voices heard, one from the flight engineer that indicated that no Eastern L-1011 would ever crash again due to a mechanical glitch. Fortunately, this was not proved wrong (even after Delta picked up the former EA
planes). Yes, there was the DL
L-1011 accident in DFW
in the 1980s, but Eastern still existed at that time and that was not a mechanical accident (wind shear).
Anyway, there is a website out there that more accurately summarizes these strange goings-on.