| Maureen Clanton|
| My father was on a Capital Airlines flight the week after this crash coming from Chicago to Washington National Airport. The same thing happened to their aircraft in almost the same place! The pilot came on the intercom and calmly explained that he was going to rapidly descend to restart the engines. As everyone tensely gripped their armrests the plane descended once, the engines wouldn't start; twice the engines wouldn't start and finally a third time and the engines started! The oxygen masks had dropped and one over the seat in front of my father caught fire. A stewardess sitting nearby calmly reached over and pinched off the tube to cut the oxygen and the fire went out. When they reached the airport the pilot drove straight to the gate with the nose facing the gate. The ground crew made him start the aircraft and turn it to the side. He did this by revving the engine and pressing the right rudder. The engine was screaming and the passengers were getting visibly upset. A lady in the seat across from my father asked him what was happening. He said don't worry they didn't like the way the pilot landed the plane so they were making him go up and do it agian! That tension the broke just as the engines were shut down again and they all applauded the pilot and crew! |
05/23/2014 @ 03:23 [ref: 68483]
| Margaret Revis|
| My aunt was killed in that crash. She was a Catholic nun who was traveling back to DePaul Hospital in Norfolk after attending the AMA Convention.We were living in Silver Spring, Md and I remember the phone ringing in the middle of the night. It was several days before her remains were identified. I was 14 and was home alone when someone from the airline called and decided I was old enough to hear the details and relay the information to my parents. I am thankful that families seem to be treated better in this day and time. To this day, every time I hear of a new crash, I relive those terrible weeks. My aunt was a brilliant woman who left us much too soon and my father was never quite the same. |
07/06/2013 @ 17:36 [ref: 67930]
| MICHAEL FINNEGAN|
| I spent 20 years from 1974 to 1994 as a mechanic and Captain on the Viscounts for Go Air, Ron Clark enterprises, Viscount air Service and Starship Inc. The 745D Viscount was a Northwest airlines version and had Dart 510 engines and they are 1600 hp. We brought back the Ray Charles aircraft after it ran off the runway in Blooming. Ray did fly the aircraft he had an entire flight manual made in Braile, (I saw it).
I still have about 100,000 Viscount parts for sale at american-aircraft.com
07/09/2012 @ 21:51 [ref: 63110]
| William Sheldon|
| My mother was also on this flight. It was her first time ever on a plane. She left Norfolk for a beautician class in Washington D.C. I had just been stationed in Frankfurt, Germany with the US Army for only 26 days when the accident happened and I returned to Norfolk,Va. for the services. May God bless her soul. I was the oldest of her three sons. A very strange thing happened when I moved to Galesburg and became a city Letter Carrier. On my mail route was a lady whose sister was also on this same flight. Very strange!!!!!!! |
05/13/2011 @ 19:09 [ref: 38002]
| Jon Goranson|
| My father, a Navy Captain, died on that plane. I was born three months later. My mother, who had seen the site in 1960, took me back in 1972 or so. Ms. Tench (named in an earlier post) was very kind to us in taking us back to the site. I took some metal, presumably from the plane, and telephone wire we found (apparently they had installed public phones during the investigation.) I drove around there a few years ago but couldn't find the site as I remembered. Seems like a lot of new houses had gone up. Does anyone know the current status of the site? Is it still free of any buildings? |
06/14/2010 @ 18:35 [ref: 26595]
| Ed Sharkey|
| I was stationed at Norfolk NAS and had gone home for a weekend liberty and was scheduled to fly back to my base on this date. When I got to LaGuaria in New York I was made aware that my direct flight to Norfolk had been cancelled but the airlines would make every effort to get me at least a connecting flight back to Norfolk, probably because I was in the service.. As soon as I found out what flights I was scheduled to be on I called back home to CT to inform my parents who would wait up until I would call again when I arrived at the Naval Air Station.
The airlines scheduled me on a flight from NYC to Washington and on a connecting Flight 20 from Washington to Norfolk. On the first flight I struck up a conversation with a beautiful girl on this flight. When we landed the stewardess announced that anyone catching a connecting flight to check at the gate upon arrival as we were running a bit late. Instead I continued talking with this girl, even agreeing that we would sit down and have a coffee. Then after a while she excused herself and got up and left and after a while I figured that maybe she caught another flight so I went to check to see if I could still make my connection, which had already taken off.
My father was up watching TV and the program cut in to announce that a plane between Washington and Norolk was reported down and it looked like all on board might have perished and that locally there were two servicemen. My father called the Bridgeport radio staion and the newsperson on duty called Washington and they confirmed that I was on the passenger list.
No one at the Washington Airport made me aware of what had happened to Flight 20 but they did make more arrangemnts for us to continue on later.
I got in to Norfolk about 2 hours late for my watch but i called home and I remember my mother screaming on the phone when she realized that I didn't make that ill fated flight.
I agree with that other writer about fate and I often wonder who that angel was that kept me from boarding that flight that day.
02/09/2010 @ 13:20 [ref: 25704]
| Ronald Seal|
| In 1969 I became a member of the volunteer fire department that responded to the crash site in Charles City County after the crash of the airliner.
I can recall what a few of the older volunteer's said from their recollection of the incident, that they told the younger volunteer firefighter's in the late 1970's.
The crash site was in a wooded area on a farm without any roads. A Bull dozier was called to the location to make a roadway so they could drive the fire apparatus nearer to the crash site.
03/10/2009 @ 09:04 [ref: 23915]
| Mark Lincoln|
| The crew of Ray Charles Viscount were trained by Capital, as were those of US Steel.
My father was a Viscount pilot for Capital, and the story around the airline was that Charles liked to take the controls and did pretty good considering he was blind.
05/12/2008 @ 09:39 [ref: 20851]
| Lois Kreidler|
| I am sorry, my other message I didn't leave my email address
05/07/2008 @ 18:29 [ref: 20825]
| Lois Kreidler|
| My sister and her daughter were on that plane. I was 9 years old at the time. My mother died in 1990 and I can still hear her say that she never buried her daughter and granddaugher. Any information anyone can tell me please email me. Thank You. |
05/04/2008 @ 12:44 [ref: 20793]