Today in History: Air Florida Flight 90 buried in icy grave


On the snowy evening of the 13th of January 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 crashed into Washington DC’s 14th Street Bridge, before plunging into the icy Potomac River.

The Boeing 737-200, bearing a total of 79 souls on board, was set to travel from Washington National Airport to Fort Lauderdale in Florida.

However, as the airplane took-off  it stalled, descending rapidly before clipping the 14th Street Bridge (killing four) and vanishing into the freezing depths of the Potomac River.

Of the souls on board, only 5 had survived, leaving the death toll at 78.

Ice on the wings of the aircraft was believed to be the cause of the crash.



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