FILE VIDEO Flight 255 A Day Remembered

Interviews of responders, one year after crash, on August 15, 1988

Northwest Airlines Flight 255, a McDonnell Douglas MD-82, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport on August 16, 1987, at about 8:46 p.m. EDT (00:46 UTC August 17), killing all six crew members and 148 of its 149 passengers, along with two people on the ground. The sole survivor was a 4-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who sustained serious injuries.[1] It was the second-deadliest aviation accident at the time in the United States.[2]

Air-traffic control

Air-traffic control at time of incident.


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See also


  1. "Flight 255", Ankony, Robert C., Director, CFM Research."Flight 255"
  2. Wikipedia, Northwest Airlines Flight 255
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