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The horror of American Airlines Flight 191

The horror of American Airlines Flight 191

Cory Franklin’s chilling account of the crash of American Airlines Flight 191 on May 25, 1979, brought back memories — painful memories. I was a producer at WGN Radio at the time. I had left work on that Friday afternoon and was on my way home to Arlington Heights. The best part of my commute to and from work each day was driving past O’Hare International Airport. I have always been fascinated with flight and love watching planes take off and land. On that particular day, as I had made my way onto the Northwest Tollway, I caught sight of a jet that had just taken off. It didn’t take long to realize that something just wasn’t right. The airliner...

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