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Old 16th November 2012, 09:05 PM   #41
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AA Flight 191, which crashed in May of 1979, has always stuck with me. It is still the deadliest airplane accident to ever occur on US soil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America...nes_Flight_191
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Old 17th November 2012, 06:22 AM   #42
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Old 17th November 2012, 06:25 AM   #43
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Originally Posted by FenerFan View Post
AA Flight 191, which crashed in May of 1979, has always stuck with me. It is still the deadliest airplane accident to ever occur on US soil.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/America...nes_Flight_191
I was driving past the airport when AA191 went down. I didn't see the plane in the air, but I saw the fireball and heard the explosion. A lot of people veered suddenly off the road, or braked hard.
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Old 17th November 2012, 07:54 PM   #44
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The 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake was pretty crappy (worst disaster in NZ history). The earthquake totally destroyed the water mains in the entire city. Fires started in chemists quickly consumed the city. The fire department attempted to pump sea water in to fight the fires, but the pumps clogged up with gravel and silt, and failed.

In the end they resorted to using explosives to destroy buildings around the fire perimeter to stop it spreading.

It was pretty heroic stuff.
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Old 22nd November 2012, 12:48 AM   #45
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Like the General Slocum, the Titanic, the Boxing Day Tsunami and many others, the Triangle Shirtwaist fire led to regulatory reform and better communications or warning/alarm systems being put in place.

Not huge in terms of the number of deaths, but huge in terms of the horror and in terms of the impact.

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/americanexpe...riangle-intro/

If PBS re-runs it, catch the American Experience episode. (Or you can buy it if you're that interested.)
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