The crash of Flight 191

The crash of Flight 191

There are 50 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Feb 8, 2008, titled The crash of Flight 191. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

As an American Airlines DC-10 jet roared into the sky over O'Hare International Airport on this Friday afternoon, its left engine fell off.

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astronoman11

Kaneohe, HI

#28 May 9, 2009
Hey everyone.. i was so moved by this crash when i heard that there was STILL no memorial for the victims. So i took matters into my own hands and created my own. It isnt much but i felt that it was something that had to be done. This is my own creation, thought of just last night.. Heck maybe it'll lead to a real version being made one day. Here is the youtube link if you'd like to watch:

Eva

Brandywine, MD

#30 May 13, 2009
I changed my travel plans at the last minute. I was 19 years old, headed to 29 Palms CA for duty, but decided to stay home for one more day. I don't know why I decided to stay home. I didn't have a bad feeling or anything; I just didn't want to leave then. I was napping on my mother's bed with the TV on when the news break came in about the accident. I was so terrified. My friends who thought I was on the flight, were calling my mom's house, histerical. I was so scared having to fly out the very next day, but I had no choice. I think it's the reason why I am not afraid to fly today. It's still hard to think about though, even after all this time. So many precious souls taken like that...it's just too much, still. Joy, my heart goes out to you and your brother.
DLF

Mckeesport, PA

#31 May 18, 2009
FYI... For those like "SPO los angeles area," who would like to see the passenger list from Flight 191, check out GenDisasters at: www3.gendisasters.com/illinois/6204/chicago-i...
There are also some Wiki articles which list some of the more notable passengers. One such list can be found at: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Airlines_Fligh...
One victim not mentioned in the Wikipedia article is Sheila Charisse--Cyd Charisse's daughter-in-law.
Tigerone

Saint Charles, IL

#32 May 22, 2009
While this was most certainly a tragic event, where do we draw the line at erecting memorials? There are many tragic events that have occurred in and around Chicago (and all across the country and the world for that matter). Why is this event any more tragic than all the others? If we need to erect a memorial for every tragic event that has occurred, we would literally have memorials as far as the eye could see. Soon, we would become oblivious to all of them because there would be so many. The people who died on AA Flight 191 do not know there is no memorial to them, and my guess is that their family members have moved on. Life is for the living and though we should never forget the dead, the point is, they are gone and the living have to move on. As tragic as this event was it was also spectacular, and that is often why people remember these types of things and insist on memorials. I wonder what the statistics were in 1979 regarding the Memorial Day weekend fatalities on our nation's highways? We usually hear reports of those and generally disregard them because they are spotty and not so spectacular as a huge airliner hurtling toward earth and ending in an enormous fireball. When a couple hundred people die in this fashion it's memorable. However, when a person here, there, etc., dies in some other accidental way, it's generally not as memorable and no one calls for a memorial. I distinctly recall the May 25, 1979, and I remember all the newspaper and television coverage during that time. My husband worked with someone whose sibling perished on the plane. However, after a certain point the news coverage faded away and everyone got back to their lives and life moved forward. Again, not saying this was not a tragic event - it was. But I don't believe it warrants a memorial. Again, where do we draw the line at memorials? How about a memorial for all the murder victims. The drive-by shooting victims. All the children who suffered abuse - and ultimately death - at the hands of an adult. All the accident victims. All the drowning victims, and so on and so forth. At this rate there would be no end to memorials! The area is off limits to the general public anyway (it's fenced in), and the large amount of money spent on a memorial would better be spent helping the living, who would obviously benefit from it far more than those who have been gone for thirty years, or their families.
Jim

Easton, PA

#33 May 22, 2009
The History Channel did a nice job reviewing the events of that day for the 25th anniversary in 2004. My heart goes out to those affected, it was a true tredegy and was a very avoidable event.
Frightened to Fly

New York, NY

#34 Jul 24, 2009
This crash has affected me my whole life. My mom always talked about it when I was little and how horrific it was. She had seen an outline in 1979 of the path the plane took on the news, and I remember her describing it several times. I've been terrified to fly my whole life since.

One of our close family friends was engaged to one of the pilots, but I can't figure out which one. My mom clams up now every time I ask her about it and I don't want to bring it up when I see our friend as she's not well. She's had such a rough life, this just seems to have been one of many tough times for her. My heart goes out to everyone who lost a loved one on this flight.
Jason

La Puente, CA

#35 Jan 22, 2010
My dad knew a friend who changed his ticket so he could fly east to see his son thus avoiding what would have happened...to all friends and family of the AA 191 victims I am sorry to this day for your loss...I was 19 and on my way home from the last day of school when over the radio what sounded like a 'nuclear attack' of a news bulliten came on and describing something terrible in Chicago...it scared the crap out of me and a feeling of dread followed me all the way home that day...never forget it.
Tony Gutierrez

United States

#36 Feb 9, 2010
It is a disgrace and shame that there isn't a memorial in honor of FLT 191. I bet if any political leader would of been onboard such a flight, there would of been a monument put in place.....I suppose the public isn't important to our political leaders.
craig

Long Pond, PA

#37 Feb 21, 2010
I changed planes at ORD on my way to LAX from Albany NY that very day.
My flight was overbooked and they asked for three
people to take a later flight a couple hours later
at around 3:00 p.m.( had to be flt.#191 ).
They each got $100 for their trouble.
I saw three men get off the plane.
When I got to Calif. and heard about the crash
I thought of those three guys.
Did they meet their fate that day??...Likely so.
I'm haunted by the memory to this very day.
Shawna

Oceano, CA

#38 Nov 21, 2010
Miss Peggy O'Rourke was on that flight, along with her Grandmother. I graduated high school with Peggy just 2 years earlier. She was on her way home to Hanford, Ca. The O'Rourke's were a nice, quiet family that lived right around the corner. Her Dad was an attorney, now a judge. I was getting ready for a wedding I was in and I remember looking over at the table and seeing the headlines and thinking how sad for all those families and especially for Mrs. O'Rourke. She lost her daughter and her mother in that disaster. I kept thinking about her as I walked down the isle and watched my friend say "I do". And I remember thinking how sad it was that Peggy would never have this beautiful right of passage. God Bless Them All.
flight 191 may25 1979

Garden Grove, CA

#39 Mar 21, 2011
My mom and I where supposed to be on that flight 191 leaving Chicago when I was 4 years old now I'm 36 years old. My mom and I lived in Rochester NY and we had to catch the connecting flight from Rochester to Chicago but missed that connecting flight by 6 minutes and caught another one and when we arrived to O'Hara, they told us what happened and My Ant living in Los Angeles picking up from the Airport thinking we got on the plane and died. Obviously we made it and where very lucky.

Want to know why we missed the fight?
I was 4 and would start crying, when I was told we where going to LA and made my Mom nervous, so my Dad and Mom had a drink at a local bar to calm down, causing my Father to lock the keys in the car when it was raining that night and that's why we missed the plane. Those chain of events.

K Moncrieff

Brook Park, OH

#40 Mar 28, 2011
My father was killed in this accident. I was 7 at the time. I've had an empty feeling for 32 years now. Not a fan of American Airlines, for obvious reasons.
G Blake

Lady Lake, FL

#41 Apr 5, 2011
I lost my girl friend and her mother on flight 191. I still miss her dearly
Colleen Ryan

Fremont, CA

#42 Aug 8, 2011
Several years ago, I found out that my school classmate named Tim Malone from St John School for the Deaf in Milwaukee, WI that he was in an airplane crash at the Chicago Airport after he and passengers took off. Very sad. He was a deaf student. I remembered him when he was a sweet young boy in the play room. My deaf friends and I talked about Tim on facebook recently. He was supposed to see his parents at LA Airport for home on that day but somehow it got into an awful trouble. Wish it would never have had happened to him and other passengers. I told my friends if he would be still alive, he would be glad to find us on facebook which it would be a nice chatting reunion for us all but he is looking at his childhood friends and his parents on his big smile in God's heaven. My big heart condolences to Tim's family when you guys presently see this message. His childhood friends and I still miss him dearly.
ami

Elk Grove, CA

#44 Aug 11, 2011
Can I simply ask why there are memorials for other victims of large plane crashes? to loose someone's family member is tragic and although I agree we all move on...I still think everyone has the right to a place to mourn/remember......
Greg

Tobyhanna, PA

#45 Sep 17, 2011
I flew thru O'Hare earlier that day on my way to LAX from Albany, NY.
Our flight was overbooked and they asked volunteers
to take a later flight for $100 bill (flt.191).
I saw three men get off the plane.
When I got to Calif. I saw the crash on the news
and just about fell over.
This tragedy has haunted me for years.
And how close I came to meeting the same fate.
J_Moncrieff

United States

#46 Nov 18, 2011
Thank you....from a family member
astronoman11 wrote:
Hey everyone.. i was so mwoved by this crash when i heard that there was STILL no memorial for the victims. So i took matters into my own hands and created my own. It isnt much but i felt that it was something that had to be done. This is my own creation, thought of just last night.. Heck maybe it'll lead to a real version being made one day. Here is the youtube link if you'd like to watch:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =iFEkt8ipb9EXX
J_Moncrieff

United States

#47 Nov 18, 2011
Heartless....and family members of the deceased passengers do move on in life...but they also move on without their Loved ones lost in the crash. You not affected by the tragic loss move on and forget...we the family members, 30 + years after the tragic crash do not! Just saying...
Tigerone wrote:
While this was most certainly a tragic event, where do we draw the line at erecting memorials? There are many tragic events that have occurred in and around Chicago (and all across the country and the world for that matter). Why is this event any more tragic than all the others? If we need to erect a memorial for every tragic event that has occurred, we would literally have memorials as far as the eye could see. Soon, we would become oblivious to all of them because there would be so many. The people who died on AA Flight 191 do not know there is no memorial to them, and my guess is that their family members have moved on. Life is for the living and though we should never forget the dead, the point is, they are gone and the living have to move on. As tragic as this event was it was also spectacular, and that is often why people remember these types of things and insist on memorials. I wonder what the statistics were in 1979 regarding the Memorial Day weekend fatalities on our nation's highways? We usually hear reports of those and generally disregard them because they are spotty and not so spectacular as a huge airliner hurtling toward earth and ending in an enormous fireball. When a couple hundred people die in this fashion it's memorable. However, when a person here, there, etc., dies in some other accidental way, it's generally not as memorable and no one calls for a memorial. I distinctly recall the May 25, 1979, and I remember all the newspaper and television coverage during that time. My husband worked with someone whose sibling perished on the plane. However, after a certain point the news coverage faded away and everyone got back to their lives and life moved forward. Again, not saying this was not a tragic event - it was. But I don't believe it warrants a memorial. Again, where do we draw the line at memorials? How about a memorial for all the murder victims. The drive-by shooting victims. All the children who suffered abuse - and ultimately death - at the hands of an adult. All the accident victims. All the drowning victims, and so on and so forth. At this rate there would be no end to memorials! The area is off limits to the general public anyway (it's fenced in), and the large amount of money spent on a memorial would better be spent helping the living, who would obviously benefit from it far more than those who have been gone for thirty years, or their families.
jim

Sacramento, CA

#48 Apr 25, 2012
I was ticketed on the plane and remember sitting in a seat. All of a sudden I was on a TWA flight. I got to SF and read the screen which said "CALL ATTENDANT." I was heading home after an accident and I don't know what happened. I was 20 and had already ruined my life. I wish I had died that day and don't know why I was on another flight.
dan obrien

Chicago, IL

#49 May 26, 2012
my uncle was one of those people who changed their flight

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