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B-25 Empire State Building crash
A B-25 Mitchell like the one that crashed into the Empire State Building.
|Date||July 28, 1945|
|Summary||Controlled flight into terrain (building)|
|Place||Empire State Building, New York City|
|Fatalities||14 (11 in building and 3 crew)|
|Aircraft type||B-25 Mitchell|
|Aircraft name||Old John Feather Merchant|
|Airline/user||U.S Army Air Forces|
Bedford Army Air Field|
The B-25 Empire State Building crash was a plane crash that occurred on July 28, 1945. On that date, a B-25 Mitchell plane in heavy fog crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. It caused 14 deaths (three people in the plane and eleven people in the building). It caused damage of around $1,000,000.
The plane crashed between the 78th and 80th floors of the building. It left a 18 ft (5.5 m) by 20 ft (6.1 m) hole in the building. The fire that was started was put out in 40 minutes. It is the only fire at such a height that has been successfully put out. Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a fall of 75 stories, which is the Guinness World Record for the longest fall survived in an elevator. The building was reopened the Monday after the crash.
- Jennifer Rosenberg. "The Plane That Crashed Into the Empire State Building". about.com. http://history1900s.about.com/od/1940s/a/empirecrash.htm.
- Molnar, Matt. "On This Day in Aviation History: July 28th". NYCAviation. http://nycaviation.com/2009/07/28/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-july-28th/. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
- "Longest Fall Survived In An Elevator". guinnessworldrecords.com. http://web.archive.org/web/20060317041607/http://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/content_pages/record.asp?recordid=53746.