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Pan Am Flight 759 Crash

Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:22 am
Posted by GeauxldMember
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:22 am
I was going through some old photos my Dad had taken and found these. They were taken July 9, 1982. I was 8, and my Grandmother had just moved from NOLA to Kenna Brah. He had taken me to check on her since the crash was in her neighborhood. He sneaked into the debris field, which started on the block behind her house, with me and I can still pretty clearly remember the wreckage. Even for an 8-year-old, it was a pretty sobering scene. 153 people lost their lives in the crash, including all 145 on board, and 8 people on the ground.




This post was edited on 5/18/24 at 12:16 pm
Posted by Tuscaloosa
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:23 am to
Wow
Posted by Sao
East Texas Piney Woods
Member since Jun 2009
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:24 am to

Wow. That is incredible.
Posted by Czechessential
Member since Apr 2024
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:26 am to
blades of that JT8D all fricked up in that bottom pic, chewing through trees, houses, whatever, trying to do its job
Posted by Novastar
Member since Jan 2023
300 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:29 am to
Horrible. My mom worked the crash site as a nurse, she has a vivid memory of it till this day.
Posted by footswitch
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:30 am to
That’s something else.
Looks like the cop car needs a jump.
Posted by Byrdybyrd05
Member since Nov 2014
25723 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:35 am to
Those are amazing pictures
Posted by tigerpimpbot
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:37 am to
Thanks for posting. Great pics of a truly horrible aftermath.
Posted by WylieTiger
Member since Nov 2006
13141 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:39 am to
That grass though.

Seriously though, those are incredible pictures. Terrible event but a lot of good came out of that crash.
Posted by This GUN for HIRE
Member since May 2022
3056 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:40 am to


Just missed the house.
Was this crash in Kenner? Is that what
quote:

Kenna Brah
means
Posted by Sao
East Texas Piney Woods
Member since Jun 2009
66127 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:41 am to
Close to my home is Air Canada Flight 797, June 1983. The 2 Americans who died were the Cox family. Cranfill and wife. They lived 4 houses down and my kind-of-girlfriend KK lived next door. They owned 2 Dairy Queens in Gilmer, oddly enough. One on each end of town of just 4000 pop.
Posted by Czechessential
Member since Apr 2024
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:44 am to
quote:

Was this crash in Kenner?


yes, PA759 was taking off runway 10, right over Williams, straight into Kenner

quote:

Just missed the house.


picture doesn't really show it but that's a pretty big engine, homeowner was lucky in that respect
Posted by Got Blaze
Youngsville
Member since Dec 2013
8815 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:45 am to
Very cool and historical pics. As a then 14-yr old, I rode my bike to the crash scene and remember the strong smell of airplane fuel. A girl who was 2 yrs older than me and attended my high school lost both their parents in the crash. The 5 surviving children ranged in age from 4 to 17.
Posted by jbgleason
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:45 am to
Those JP deputies. Jeans, cowboy boots and a uniform shirt and gun belt.
Posted by notiger1997
Metairie
Member since May 2009
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:46 am to
Amazing pictures.
One of our posters is a pilot and was on the runway that day
Posted by tigerpimpbot
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:49 am to
quote:

A girl who was 2 yrs older than me and attended my high school lost both their parents in the crash. The 5 surviving children ranged in age from 4 to 17.


Damn
Posted by LSURoss
SWLAish
Member since Dec 2007
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:54 am to
I would try and digitally sign these or put a watermark on them before someone right click saves and distributes.

Incredible, BTW.

Posted by GeauxldMember
Member since Nov 2003
4406 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 11:55 am to
quote:

picture doesn't really show it but that's a pretty big engine, homeowner was lucky in that respect


It was taller than I was at the time; maybe 5-6’ in diameter. I remember being amazed that it looked like the engine was just placed in that corner. Lucky homeowners, indeed, especially if they were at home at the time.
Posted by Sao
East Texas Piney Woods
Member since Jun 2009
66127 posts
Posted on 5/18/24 at 12:03 pm to
quote:

A girl who was 2 yrs older than me and attended my high school lost both their parents in the crash. The 5 surviving children ranged in age from 4 to 17.

So crazy and sad. I can remember the aftermath of the Canadian crash next door like it was yesterday.
Posted by Sheep
Neither here nor there
Member since Jun 2007
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Posted on 5/18/24 at 12:05 pm to
I had an old coworker that was a cop that worked the scene.

They made them a hardbound book with news articles, a pile of photos and all the crash reports.

He brought it to me to read the week before I had to fly somewhere.
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