On May 25th, 1979, AA FL 191 was a DC-10-10 bound for Los Angeles.
Year built: 1972
Flight 191 left the gate at Chicago-O’Hare at 14:59 and taxied to runway 32R. At 15:02 the flight was cleared for takeoff. The takeoff roll was normal until just before rotation at which time sections of the No. 1 engine pylon structure came off the aircraft. During rotation the entire no. 1 engine and pylon separated from the aircraft, went over the top of the wing, and fell to the runway. Flight 191 lifted off about 6,000 feet down the runway, climbed out in a wings level attitude, and reached an altitude of about 300 feet agl with its wings still level. Shortly thereafter, the aircraft began to turn and roll to the left, the nose pitched down, and the aircraft began to descend. As it descended, it continued to roll left until the wings were past the vertical position. The DC-10 crashed in an open field and trailer park about 4,680 feet northwest of the departure end of runway 32R. The aircraft was demolished during the impact, explosion, and ground fire. Two persons on the ground were killed.
Now 27 years later, they have started to build up that area. I find it weird living in house on the site where 271 people died. The area is still a trailer park from what I saw, but still.
My dad was telling me he was filling up his car with fuel down the road about 9 blocks and he heard a boom and then a ploom of smoke. he had no idea what had just happened until he got home to turn on the news. He said the smoke stretch for miles and it was very thick and black.
Does anybody here rememeber that day in Chicago? Please share stories!!!