beechbarron
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Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 3:22 am

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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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 4:53 am

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

Thu Sep 21, 2000 5:01 am

ROTFLMAO


That was brilliant!

Pat
 
firefly_cyhz
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 5:01 am

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.
 
VirginA340
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 5:25 am

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"
 
beechbarron
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 9:57 am

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.
 
bacardi182
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 10:09 am

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.......
 
beechbarron
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Bacardi182...

Thu Sep 21, 2000 10:15 am

Holy Cow!!! That is freaky. What, have you had buddies of yours that have gone digging there???
 
UAL Bagsmasher
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 10:24 am

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.
 
sn330
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 11:55 am

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.
 
sn330
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 11:55 am

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.
 
TWA717_200
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RE: Crash Sites

Thu Sep 21, 2000 3:14 pm

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.