105 The Crash of Northwest Flight 255

On August 16, 1987 Northwest Airlines Flight 255, traveling from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to Phoenix Arizona crashed 14 seconds after take off.

At the time of the accident, it was the second deadliest crash in US aviation history. Here is the story of the flight, her passengers and why this tragedy was avoidable.

Four year old Cecilia Cichan would survive the crash, but her parents and brother were not as fortunate.

Additional Reading:

Downriver things: Flight 255. Lots of info and pictures.

National Transportation Safety Board findings on the crash. Long, detailed, technical information.

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