Plane Crash: B-25 hits Empire Stat Building (1945)
|Birthname||B25 hits Empire State bldg|
|born on||28 July 1945 at 09:49 (= 09:49 AM )|
|Place||New York, New York, 40n43, 74w0|
|Timezone||EWT h4w (is war time)|
|Astrology data||05°06' 20°18 Asc. 21°22'|
The B-25 Empire State Building crash was a 1945 aircraft accident in which a B-25 Mitchell piloted in thick fog crashed into the Empire State Building. The accident did not compromise the building's structural integrity, but it did cause fourteen deaths (three crewmen and eleven people in the building) and damage estimated at $1,000,000 ($13,000,000 current dollar adjustment).
Lt. Col. William Franklin Smith Jr., the pilot, became disoriented while trying to land at Newark Airport. Lt. Smith was told he had a 3 hour wait to land at Newark. Impatient to get his plane on the ground, he falsely declared he had official business at La Guardia Airport with the intention of diverting to Newark as soon as he was cleared. The 12 ton plane smashed a 20 ft. hole in the building. Fuel from the ruptured gas tanks poured out and set two floors ablaze killing 10 people. One engine exited the south side of the building and plunged into a penthouse below. The second engine entered an elevator shaft and severed the cables plunging the car and the elevator operator 1,000 feet into a sub basement. Despite suffering a broken back and legs, she survived.
- compare to chart of Historic: Empire State Bldg (born 1 May 1931). Notes: Crash 1945
- compare to chart of Plane Crash: Pirelli Tower Crash Milan (2002) (born 18 April 2002)
Judy Johns quotes New York Times. Same on planecrashinfo.com
- Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (Plane crashes into building)