Friday, March 6, 2015

Airplane Crash Site + Survivor's Pocket Change

On a foggy December 16th of 1960, just before 10:30am, United Airlines Flight 826, and TWA Flight 266, collided in midair over Brooklyn.
The TWA plane crashed landed onto Miller Army Air Field in Staten Island, killing all 47 people on board.
The United Airlines plane crashed into the intersection of 7th Ave and Sterling Place in Park Slope, Brooklyn, killing all 3 crew members, and 83 of the 84 passengers.

The scattered wreckage destroyed 10 brownstones, a deli, a Chinese laundry, the McCaddin Funeral Home, and the Pillar of Fire Church, while killing 6 people from the neighborhood.
The sole survivor was Stephen Lambert Baltz, an 11 year-old boy from Illinois, who was travelling alone to visit relatives in Yonkers for Christmas.
Baltz was taken to nearby New York Methodist Hospital, where he later died of pneumonia caused by the inhalation of burning jet fuel.
There is a small memorial to the incident within the hospital's Phillips Chapel.

The memorial is a 20 x 35cm (8 x 14") plaque commemorating all 135 lives lost, using the pocket change found on Baltz, which his father had placed in the chapel's donation box after the boy's death.