The crash of Flight 191

Full story: Chicago Tribune

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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Curious George

Fredericton, Canada

#50 May 27, 2012
My dad grew up in Chicago-land, (around Naperville to be precise), and while discussing the accident last evening, he mentioned hearing stories of a certain individual, (a frequent flyer according to his recollection), who arrived mere moments too late to board Flight 191 as the attendant had just shut the gate doors. Try though he may, he was unable to convince the gate attendant to unlock the door, (despite the fact the plane yet remained attached to its specific gate), and was thus forced to consider alternative flights to LAX. I would dearly appreciate assistance in either the confirmation of the above story, or the identification of said passenger, as my innumerable internet-queries have thus far proven utterly fruitless.
marzydotes

Los Angeles, CA

#51 Oct 4, 2012
astronoman11 wrote:
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:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =iFEkt8ipb9EXX
A friend of my parents was on standby and unfortunately got a seat on that flight resulting in his death. It's nice that there's a memorial for those whose lives were lost. It'd be nicer if the airline learned anything from its horrendous practices in maintenance which caused this disaster.
Katie

Laguna Niguel, CA

#52 Feb 6, 2013
Colleen: Thank you for your kind words about my brother, Tim. Long gone, but not forgotten.

I think about him
Colleen Ryan wrote:
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.
George NJ

Philadelphia, PA

#53 May 1, 2013
I'm glad a memorial was constructed and dedicated. It's a Friday that I'll never forget. These passengers weren't just in a horrific crash, they were victims of an accident that acted as a milestone in our history. If you look at the individual pieces it was an accident that just shouldn't have happened. There was perfect weather, they had experienced pilots, and, the aircraft and engines were basically sound in their own respects. It was the actions of the mechanics days before that sealed their fate. Our family didn't know anybody on the aircraft,but, I do know others who have perished on other airliners. There are no memorials for them, so I don't know why some are saying we construct memorials for every tragedy. I think it's a Great thing!
Anonymous

El Monte, CA

#54 May 15, 2013
I was nine years old when this accident happened and,I remember it like it was yesterday. This accident haunted me and, all I could think about was the horror those passengers went through. A memorial for the victims is more for the family and friends to mourn. If you find this to be unnneccesary then that's your opinion but, keep it to yourself. Nobody cares to hear your negative comments especially when the rest of us appreciate the people who erected the monument.
Karen

Lapeer, MI

#55 Mar 18, 2014
jim wrote:
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.
I don't understand your story. You got on a wrong flight?
Lucky 2bhere

United States

#56 Apr 16, 2014

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