Eastern Airlines, designation: N310EA, listed as Fl. 401, was on its approach into Miami airport. As they dropped the landing gears preparing for descent, they noticed that the forward landing gear light wasn't illuminated. They figured 2 possibilities:
-1: The forward gear wasn't down
-2: The forward gear was down, but the light wasn't working.
-With these options, they decided that it would be better to assume the gears weren't down, then take the risk of a belly-landing. The flight-crew: Captain Bob Loft, First Officer Burt Stockstill, Flight Engineer Don Repo, and an off-duty Eastern Airlines officer Angelo Donadeo, became completely preoccupied with it. They overshot the runway and used the autopilot to maintain a holding pattern 2,000 feet above the Everglades. They crew were both looking for a lightbulb and were trying to figure out if the gears were down. The Captain must have nudged the yoke, which disengaged the autopilot and began a slow descent, it went unnoticed by the crew. Don Repo, with assistance from Angelo Donadeo opened up the 'trap' door on the L-1011's cockpit which led down into a small pit with a scope in it to see if the forward gear was down. Repo, being the flight engineer, should've been at his post, and the ground-collision chime went on, but he wasn't there to listen to it. Just as he looked through the periscope and saw the landing gear lights and was about to utter that it was indeed down... BOOM! The 370,000 lb jet smashed into the swamplands. The L-1011's airframe absorbed most of the shock, but muchismo passengers died. Burt Stockstill died on impact, Capt. Loft survived the impact, but died before the rescue teams could get there, Both Repo and Donadeo survived the impact and were rescued, but Repo died in the hospital several days later. Donadeo helped shed light on what happened.
-Much of the cabin equipment was intact, and due to Lockheed's production problems, most of these parts were slapped on to N318EA.
-During a flight on N318EA, one of the stewardesses was horrified when she saw an apparition of an Eastern Airlines flight crew in the lower-deck galley. She thought she was hallucinating, so she asked another flight crew member down there, the other stewardess confirmed the apparition. The flight engineer went down there after hearing all the commotion and also saw the apparition. He recognized it as Don Repo, whom he knew earlier. He managed to communicate with him. The Repo apparition stated that an engine fire would occur on this aircraft. The flight engineer managed to get it accross to Eastern Airlines, who decided to be on the safe side and take out the No. 2 engine, and ferry the aircraft without passengers to another location. About a few weeks to a month later, the aircraft took off, A FIRE OCCURED IN THE NO. 3 ENGINE! Had they flew the aircraft with the regular 3 engines, they would have had 2 engines, but now they only have one! They luckily didn't clear 400 feet, immeadiately effected a go-around and landed.
On another flight, a stewardess saw Capt. Loft sitting in the first class cabin. She wanted to ask him something, something didn't feel right, she must have lost herself in her thoughts, when she came to it, he wasn't there! He just up and disappeared.
Anyways, a series of components from those L-1011's were shipped to Delta, including some entire aircraft. They may carry the "ghosts".
-And to Dazed767, N740DA was shipped directly to Delta. I believe N336EA was converted to N790DA. N740DA is an L-1011-250. Also, all L-1011's have a personality all their own. Some are really quiet, some are excruciatingly loud (N741DA is a great aircraft, so is N736DY, and N1737D, they are really quiet. The others have varying degrees of quietness, but some are just amazingly loud.). L-1011's are still my favorite aircraft. If only they developed some more long-ranged versions...