Air Florida Flight 90 was an Air Florida flight of a Boeing 737-222 airliner that crashed into the 14th Street Bridge across the Potomac River in Washington, DC on January 13, 1982 immediately after takeoff in a severe snowstorm. The accident claimed the lives of 78 people, including four motorists on the 14th Street Bridge. However, a few survivors from the shattered aircraft were rescued from the icy river by a combination of heroic efforts of civilians and professionals. Some of that heroism was commended during President Ronald Reagan’s State of the Union speech a few days later. The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the cause of the accident was pilot error. The pilots failed to switch on the engines’ internal anti-icing equipment, used reverse thrust in a snow storm prior to take-off, and failed to abort takeoff per FAA regulations even after detecting a power problem while taxiing, and visually identifying ice and snow buildup on the wings.
Shot on September 15, 2008. We take off from the 30th Street Heliport and fly south down the Hudson River. We fly by lower Manhattan and Ground Zero. We then fly over Ellis Island and around the Statue of Liberty. We now head north up the East River by the South Street Pier and over the Brooklyn and Manhattan Bridges. Now in Midtown we fly by the iconic Empire State Building and the United Nations. We then turn inland as we fly over Roosevelt Island and around the Queensboro Bridge. We turn north and fly over Central Park and then over to the Bronx. After circling Yankee Stadium, both the old and new, it’s around the George Washington Bridge and back south down the Hudson River. We fly past Grant’s Tomb and then it’s back to midtown for landing back at the 30th Street Heliport. Zip Aviation was the company hired for this Grand Island tour. Full length videos can be found on my web site @ timvp.com
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