Archive for December 1st, 2011

Our Lady of the Angels anniversary

From Bill Freidrich

Remembering the Our Ladies of Angles School fire 53 years ago today.  92 children and 3 nuns died in the worst school fire in history. Our hearts go out to the families of the little ones and the sisterhood of the nuns. RIP

More information is HERE.

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Plane crashes in Riverwoods – update

The Daily Herald today has a follow-up article about Monday’s plane crash. They reference recordings from the cockpit to the controllers:

Someone on board the Piper PA-31 medical plane that crashed in Riverwoods radioed air traffic controllers claiming the plane was out of fuel and coasting, a control tower audio recording shows.

The call to the Chicago-area Terminal Radar Approach Control in Elgin declared an emergency just before the plane crashed Monday night near Portwine Road, according to audio recordings.

The pilot — or a pilot-rated passenger who may have been manning the radio — told an air traffic controller the plane was out of fuel and unable to make it to Chicago Executive Airport in Wheeling.

In the audio recording, a voice on the plane is heard telling a controller, “We are declaring an emergency.”

The controller asks: “Lifeguard 773” — the plane’s call sign — “Do you still want to land at Palwaukee?”

A different voice on the plane replied: “Unable. We are out of fuel and we are coasting.”

The entire article can be found HERE.

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