I didn't realize I'd gotten that old. I vividly remember hearing the bulletin coming across on TV
, and I remember the sadness I felt, even though I did't know any of the pax.
I lived in Ft. Worth at the time, and had not yet ever been to Chicago or ORD
. I was at ORD
later that summer, however, and watched an AA
DC-10 Captain give his plane a very thorough pre-flight check.
My cousin told me that she and her family were circling ORD
shortly after the crash and were not aware of what had happened. On one of the circles she looked out and saw the fire and wreckage, and they soon figured it out.
Younger people today may not believe this, in today's post-Robert Crandall era, but there was a time when the airlines filled the skies over the US with DC-10's, 747's, and L-1011's on domestic flights. It was another time and another world. Things sure have changed.