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Eastern Flight 401

Description: The story of the fatal crash of Eastern Airlines flight 401 and the ghosts that were spotted after the crash on other Eastern Airline flights.

On the cold winter evening of December 29, 1972, Eastern Airlines aircraft number 310 rested quietly on the dimly lit jet parking area outside New York's John F. Kennedy International Airport's Terminal One. The airplane was a new Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, - the pride of Eastern's fleet. Eastern Air Lines named their fleet of L-1011s "Whisperliners."

At 11:43 PM came an ominous message from another aircraft in the area; "Ah, Miami tower this is National 611, we just saw a big explosion, looks like it was out west. I don't know what it means, but I thought you should know."

The plane was traveling 227 miles per hour when it flew into the ground. The left wingtip hit first, then the left engine and the left landing gear. Together they slashed three trails through the saw grass, each five feet wide and more than 100 feet long. When the main part of the fuselage hit the ground it continued to move through the grass and water, disintegrating as it went. From first impact to last movement the Whisperliner traveled more than one third of a mile. Midway along the path, the plane slewed around until it was sliding backward. The great white fuselage burst into five large pieces and countless fragments.

The following is a collection of different articles, factoids, and external links that relate to this story.

 

About Flight 401

About Flight 401
General overview about the flight and the eventual crash on December 29, 1972.

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Flight 401 - Autopilot indicator

Flight 401 - Autopilot indicator
Was the flight crew warned about the auto pilot being off?

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Flight 401 - First Response

Flight 401 - First Response
Coast Guard helicopter 1376 arrives at the crash site.

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Flight 401 - Flight Crew Fatal Photograph

Flight 401 - Flight Crew Fatal Photograph
Here is something interesting that we discovered during our research.

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Flight 401 - Flight Log

Flight 401 - Flight Log
Probably one of the most talked about crashes in aviation history; read the actual flight log cvr transcript of the crash and learn about the ghosts

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Flight 401 - Possible Explanation

Flight 401 - Possible Explanation
Here is a possible explanation as to why Flight 401 just accidentally flew into the ground.

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Flight 401 - Survivors and those who were lost

Flight 401 - Survivors and those who were lost
A listing of those who survived and those who were lost.

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Flight 401 Crash Site Hauntings

Flight 401 Crash Site Hauntings
Reports of haunting at the Flight 401 Crash Site.

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Flight 401 Normal - Faulty Auto Pilot

Flight 401 Normal - Faulty Auto Pilot
Although the crash was ruled pilot error, there were those who had testified that the auto pilot mechanism on these aircraft's could be disengaged by simply bumping the flight stick.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 1

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 1
The strange tales of the ghostly airmen of Flight of 401 circulated in the airline community. An account of the paranormal happenings even appeared in a 1974 US Flight Safety Foundation's newsletter.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 2

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 2
Many of the testimonies are extremely persuasive.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 3

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 3
Reported Sighting

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 4

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 4
Repo still performing his engineer duties.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 5

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 5
Repo giving flight crews warnings.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 6

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 6
More sightings and hampered research.

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Ghosts of Flight 401 - 7

Ghosts of Flight 401 - 7
Rosario Messina was a passenger aboard Flight 401, and later became another Ghost of Flight 401.

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Charles Johnson

Charles Johnson
Charles Johns was the flight controller on duty during the Flight 401 incident.

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Lockheed L-1011 Cockpit

Lockheed L-1011 Cockpit
A photo showing the cockpit of a Lockheed L-1011

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Lockheed L-1011 Inside the Hell Hole

Lockheed L-1011 Inside the Hell Hole
Close-up picture of the peep hole (circled) inside the "hell hole"

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Lockheed L-1011 Landing Gear Lever

Lockheed L-1011 Landing Gear Lever
A photo showing the landing gear lever and warning light indicator.

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Loft, Robert Albin

Loft, Robert Albin
Loft was the captain of flight 401.

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Robert Bud Marquis

Robert Bud Marquis
The story of Robert "Bud" Marquis and how he saw the crash of Flight 401 in the middle of the Florida Everglades.

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Miami International Airport Sighting

Miami International Airport Sighting
Reports of sightings of Captain Loft at the Miami Airport.

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NTSB Crash Report (Flight 401)

NTSB Crash Report (Flight 401)
The official NTSB crash report for Flight 401.

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Official Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 - History, Photos, Survivors and Tribute

Official Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 - History, Photos, Survivors and Tribute
A detailed account of the crash of Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 on December 29, 1972, including first hand reports, photos and video from survivors, rescue workers and journalists.

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Possible Curse of Seminole Indians

Possible Curse of Seminole Indians
We found the following information that refers to a possible curse placed by the Seminole Indians about the everglades.

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Beverly Raposa

Beverly Raposa
A flight attendant who was aboard the plane during the crash. Beverly did several heroic things such as sing Christmas carols to help keep survivors calm, and to tell everyone not to light a match due to the smell of jet fuel.

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Donald Louis Repo

Donald Louis Repo
Engineer and second officer of Flight 401

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Song - The Ghost of Flight 401 - Lyrics

Song - The Ghost of Flight 401 - Lyrics
Here are the lyrics to the song 'The Ghosts of Flight 401' that was recorded by Bob Welch

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The Flight 401 Was A Normal Flight

The Flight 401 Was A Normal Flight
Everything was normal with flight 401, until they tried to land.

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The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV 1978) - YouTube

The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV 1978) - YouTube
An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 101 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repair oth...

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The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie 1978) - IMDb

The Ghost of Flight 401 (TV Movie 1978) - IMDb
Directed by Steven Hilliard Stern. With Ernest Borgnine, Gary Lockwood, Tina Chen, Kim Basinger. An aircraft crashes in the Florida Everglades, killing 103 passengers. After the wreckage is removed, salvageable parts from the plane are used to repai...

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The Ghost of Flight 401: Mystery Files

The Ghost of Flight 401: Mystery Files
The Flight Engineer turned to the Second Officer and said "You don't need to worry about the pre-flight, I've already done it". The Second Officer became alarmed - He realised that the Flight Engineer he was speaking to was dead! - He had crashed on ...

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