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More: Covington / Cincinnati - Northern Kentucky International (Greater Cincinnati) (CVG / KCVG)
More: USA - Kentucky, June 2, 1983
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C-FTLU (cn 47196/288) This picture was taken by Capt. Grieder (Delta, B727), when he and his crew performed a go-around during this dreadful day in Cincinnati. The AirCanada DC9 (on fire) landed only a few seconds before this picture was taken. The DC9 performed an emergency landing on 27L (today 27), when Capt. Grieder's B727 was on short final for runway 18 (today 18R) and was then advised to go around. Photo scanned by Jan Von Wuthenau.
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A visitor from - posted Mon July 23, 2012:
On a geographical note, the fire actually occurred notin Cincinatti, but in Boone County Kentucky at the Cincinatti-Northern Kentucky International Airport.

A visitor from Canada posted Fri February 11, 2011:
At first you think the picture is a bit fuzzy, but at a closer glance you realize that other parts of the picture are quite clear. It's actually because of the smoke billowing out of the aircraft that the sky is smokey even as far away as this plane obviously was.

A visitor from United States posted Thu May 6, 2010:
I remember watching this incident on Air Crash Investigations. That has got to be one of a cabin crew's worst fears....

A visitor from United States posted Fri August 29, 2008:
The fire started in or around one of the lavatories.

A visitor from Canada posted Mon March 17, 2008:
Rest in peace, Stan.

A visitor from Canada posted Tue November 27, 2007:
We lost the great Canadian singer Stan Rogers in this accident. Unbelievable to see it like this.

A visitor from United States posted Tue November 20, 2007:
Anyone know what was the cause of this dreadful crash?

A visitor from - posted Sun October 28, 2007:
This is the first time that I have seen this photo and was not able at the time to get to many pictures of the scene to help bring closure. I lost both of my grandparents in this plane on that dreadful day. I not only lost 2 grandparents on that day I also lost my 2 best friends. I would like to thank any of the other passengers and crew members for any help that they possibly gave both of them. They have both been missed dearly through all these years and the greatest thing is that I will get to be with them again one day.

A visitor from United States posted Mon April 16, 2007:
I lost my dear uncle in this tragic fire. I remember the night we saw the burning airliner on the news and knew Robby was in Dallas on business. He was scheduled to take a flight the following morning, but wanted to surprise his wife, Judy and their two boys, my cousins, Tom and Joey (aged 7 and 9 at the time) by coming home a day early. We didn't receive confirmation that he was actually on flight 797 until 3:00 a.m. Robby was only 39, a wonderful father, a very spiritual man and is missed every day by his family. His wife, my aunt, sadly died of breast cancer 9 years following the accident. My two cousins are now without a father and a mother.... When I saw the burning aircraft on the news that night in '83, I hoped and prayed that Robby was not coming home early, but somehow my mother knew that he was gone... if anyone has any information on his last moments, please post them here. I'm sure he would have helped many passengers stay calm and collected. He was loved by all.

A visitor from United States posted Fri March 9, 2007:
I witnessed this aircraft landing on the run way in Nortern Kentucky. It was a very sad day. The chutes opened and people slid down them to save their lives. An image I will never forget.

A visitor from Canada posted Thu May 18, 2006:
Yes, very tragic. According to airdisaster.com, there were 23 fatalities.

A visitor from Canada posted Sat December 31, 2005:
I remember that tradgic day. With sadness.

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 22, 2005:
How sad...victims please R.I.P. I am sure this must've been fatal...

A visitor from United States posted Thu December 1, 2005:
Sad Day indeed

A visitor from United States posted Mon November 14, 2005:
That's sad

A visitor from United States posted Fri September 30, 2005:
I'm amazed what CVG looked like 10 years before DELTA/COMAIR made it a regional hub.

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