273 victims of American Airlines Flight 191


Pensacola, Fl

The crash of American Airlines Flight 191 in 1979 was the deadliest non-terrorist plane disaster in American aviation history.

According to a report by Lisa Fielding from WBBM Newsradio, a memorial has been set up to honor those who lost their lives in the accident.

On May 25, 1979, a McDonnell Douglas DC-10 took off, bound for Los Angeles International Airport. During takeoff, the left engine and pylon assembly and about 3 feet of the left wing split off the plane and crashed onto the runway.

The plane kept rolling to the left until it was flying sideways and the wings were vertically oriented, and the front of the plane was directed towards the ground, according to the official accident report.

The plane crashed in an open field off Touhy Street in the town of Elk Grove, and its debris was scattered in a nearby trailer park. The plane caught fire on the ground and everyone on board died.

The Daily Herald reports that the memorial will be a curving stone wall at Lake Park in Des Blaine, two feet high and 75 feet long. The newspaper reported that the names of all 271 passengers and crew members, and the two people on the ground, will be included in the memorial.

The Daily Herald reports that the memorial will rise over the next month behind a flowerpot on Tohie Street and Lee Street, along with a plaque describing the accident, a tree, landscapes, and possibly a bench.

The memorial will be officially unveiled on October 15th.


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