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Old 08-02-2010, 10:48 AM
Location: The Big D
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It is a sad day in Dallas history. A memorial is being place today for Delta 191.

"August 2, 1985 is a day Dallas, Texas will never forget. Throughout the afternoon, the weather was typical Texas. Hot temperatures, low humidity, and sunny skies. At 4:03 PM eastern daylight time, Delta Airlines flight 191, a Lockheed L-1011-385-1, lifted off from runway 9L at the Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport. Aboard the aircraft today were 167 passengers and crew traveling to Los Angeles with a stop at Dallas/Ft. Worth. As the flight cruised over the vast farmlands of Louisiana, something strange began to happen at Dallas."

I still remember it vividly. I was working just down the street and in the industry. Thank God I did not have any clients on that flight. My parents had just traveled down Hwy 114 about 20 minutes before the crash. We heard about the crash before we got off from work and being in the industry it stunned us deeply.

It has been 25 years but I still remember it like it was yesterday. I still remember flying in and out of DFW right after that and still seeing part of the wreckage sitting there and the water tanks.
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Old 08-02-2010, 10:52 AM
Location: Forney Texas
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I see that a micro burst downed this plane. Wow. I guess when its time to go its time to go.
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:54 AM
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Survivor recalls anniversary of D/FW’s deadliest day
Posted on August 1, 2010 at 10:14 PM
http://www.wfaa.com/news/local/Survi...-191-improved-safety-99732824.html (broken link)

D/FW AIRPORT — When the clouds cleared, it was a stunning sight. The blackened tail section of an L-1011 jumbo jet sat upright on the northeast edge of the airfield.
The rest of the large aircraft lay scattered in pieces around it.

"I thank God for lettin’ me live," Johnny Meier, a passenger, told News 8.

Monday marks the 25th anniversary of that deadly day.

A ferocious downdraft, known as wind shear, slammed Delta Airlines Flight 191 to the ground as it tried to land in a thunderstorm on August 2, 1985.

The L-1011 crushed a car on Highway 114, then skidded toward the runway before colliding with two massive water tanks and disintegrating.

The crash killed 135 people.

"When I got on the scene, it wasn't anything I felt like I had trained for," remembered D/FW Airport Fire Department Battalion Chief Paul Reese. "When we train, we train on an aircraft — and when we got there on the scene that day, there wasn't an aircraft."

Reese was 23 that day, a young airport firefighter.

"Sometimes I can't remember what I did three days ago, but that day — 25 years ago — I remember it well. It's just like it was yesterday," Reese said.



After 25 years, D/FW Airport unveils memorial to Delta Flight 191
Posted Sunday, Aug. 01, 2010Comments

D/FW AIRPORT -- Finally, a tribute to those who died in -- and those who survived -- the worst aviation disaster in Texas history will be etched in granite.

Today, Dallas/Fort Worth Airport officials unveiled a memorial to the crash of Delta Air Lines Flight 191 at Founders Plaza, the popular airport observation area near Texas 114/121 and Texan Trail.

Read more: After 25 years, D/FW Airport unveils memorial to Delta Flight 191 | Northeast Tarrant | ...

http://media.star-telegram.com/smedia/2010/08/02/11/Flight191Memorial007.standalone.prod_affiliate.58. jpg (broken link)
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Old 08-02-2010, 11:59 AM
Location: Mostly in my head
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I flew in the next day and was stunned to see the burn marks. Coming in from Europe, we had not heard about it. I still remember how big that mark was. RIP, passengers and crew.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:24 PM
Location: TX
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Horribly sad day. RIP all.
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Old 08-02-2010, 12:49 PM
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I was at one of the big happy hours with all the food they used to serve in the booming 80s. It hadn't even rained over here...

All eyes were glued to the TVs in the place..
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Old 08-02-2010, 04:52 PM
Location: Abilene, Texas
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I certainly remember this crash. I was living here in West Texas and it was all over the local and national news. What was eerie to me was that I flew into DFW about a year after that crash on a similar day that had a lot of severe thunderstorms in the area. The landing that day was a rough one and I couldn't help but remember what had happened to Flight 191 as we made the final approach.
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Old 08-02-2010, 05:09 PM
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compare the scene of that crash site and what supposedly happened at the Pentagon
nothing will make me believe a plane CRASHED into the Pentagon
there was plane debris all over that runway in Dallas and there was NO plane debris outside the Pentagon...
burned stuff from the bldg, a car in some of the photos--but no tail section--no wing--no fuselage...
no external visible proof that it was actually a plane that did the damage...

not to take away from the DFW crash--that was truly horrible...I almost swore off flying after that...
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Old 08-02-2010, 06:35 PM
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There was another crash a few years later - after takeoff - not as bad, I don't think there were many if any casualties. But I flew right over the wreckage on one trip..that will really make your day...

I think they let that one stay out there a couple of weeks. With 191 the tank was a wreck for some time...

I always think about the poor guy on 114 in the little pickup truck that got smashed to a pulp as 191 hop-scotched in. That would have qualified for a "Six Feet Under" opening scene.
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Old 08-02-2010, 08:47 PM
Location: Forney Texas
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I was 9 and probably in my 4th grade class in Elmhurst Illinois.
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