Plane Crash: B-25 hits Empire Stat Building (1945)

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Plane Crash: B-25 hits Empire Stat Building (1945) Gender: N/A
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)
Data source
Timed documented source, news
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 05°06' s_mo.18.gif s_piscol.18.gif 20°18 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 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.

Link to Wikpedia: B-25 Empire State Building crash


Source Notes

Judy Johns quotes New York Times. Same on


  • Mundane : Disasters : Accidents (Plane crashes into building)