CRASH SITE OF FLIGHT 401

everglades, fl

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History

Just before midnight on December 29, 1972 Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades killing 101 passengers and crew.

The cockpit crew had become focused on a burned out landing gear light upon approach to Miami International Airport. The plane delayed landing due to the dark indicator light and were told by the tower to go into a holding pattern over the Everglades at 2000 feet.

Somehow the autopilot was disengaged and the plane began to lose altitude unbeknownst to the flight crew. The plane struck the ground at 227 mph (365 kph) in the middle of a turn. The left wing hit first, then the left engine and finally the fuselage. The fuselage kept moving through grass and water breaking apart.

 

Paranormal Activity

During the rescue on the rescuers on an airboat saw a pale eyeless body floating just below the surface of the water. When he looked away and back again it had disappeared. The water was very shallow so the body could not have sunk out of view.

To this day people report feeling uneasy at the crash site and hearing phantom whimpers and screaming.

Bonus Article

Ghosts Of The Skies!

When most people think of a haunted location they think of a haunted house. Those of us who spend our lives searching for haunted locations learn very quickly that there are many other locations that are haunted as often or more often than houses including hospitals, schools, cemeteries etc. All of these locations have no thing in common; they are stationary places on the landscape and do not move about. The haunted hospital on the edge of town is not going to be gone next week having moved over to the next town. One common exception to this rule is hotel rooms which have repeatedly shown the ability to move to another room if the active room remains unused or is sealed up.

Haunted objects are the main exception to this rule. There are many stories of a haunted object which will take a haunting from one location to another when they, themselves, are moved. There are also haunted people who move from location to location although of them are simply poltergiests which are hauntings at all but rather a manifestation of psychic power.

What about haunted locations that are constantly on the move? Wait a minute that contradicts everything that was stated above; haunted locations cannot just simply get up and move on their own. Yet some can, the most common being ships at sea although most of the documented stories are of ships that are currently at permanent mooring. Most of these ships were haunted when they traveled the sea but sailors are considered a superstitious lot and most of the stories were dismissed as just that until the ship was permanently moored becoming a hotel or museum. The same can be said for trains which are most commonly identified as haunted either once they have been taken out of service or at accident sites where train crashes have taken place in the past.

There is one more mode of travel missing though; airplanes. And yes, there are plenty of planes that have been identified as haunted once they were taken out of service and displayed in a museum. But there are a few stories (and one famous one) of planes that were haunted that were still being used. Upon doing a little research it was quickly discovered that this is much common that usually believed.

The most famous of these is the ghosts of eastern Airlines Flight 401. 401 crashed in the Florida Everglades on December 29, 1972 after the flight crew became so distracted by a burned out light for the nose landing gear and missed the fact that the autopilot had been accidentally turned off. The plane gradually lost altitude, it was at night so no one could see the approaching ground, until it flew right into the ground at a speed of 227 miles an hour resulting in the deaths of 101 of the 178 people aboard. Both the captain and the co-pilot were killed as result of the crash; the co-pilot in the crash and the captain before he could be removed from the flight deck.

Eastern Airlines and another airline both used salvaged parts of the Lockheed 1011-1 Tristar aircraft in other aircraft making future flights. The ghosts of the flight crew (Captain Robert Loft and Flight Engineer Donald Reo) were only seen in the planes that used these parts. In one plane the reflection of captain Loft was seen by many crew members in the galley. On many planes the deceased crew members warned of problems with planes that may have resulted in crashes and possibility of fatalities. The problem got so bad that the management of Eastern Airlines warned their employees that any more stories of ghosts would result in immediate termination of their employment.

In one incident an Eastern Airlines captain sat down beside one passenger while the flight was boarding. he remained silent but then suddenly disappeared into the thin air. The passenger became hysterical (understandably) and have to be removed from the plane for medical care.

These occurrences, now 40 years later, have taken on the persona of an urban legend and have been used as a theme in many movies, TV shows and fictional books. They did, however, occur. If for those in the know they are often thought as a unique incident for which there are no other comparable stories. This is not the case. . .

In fact, there are many other stories both before and after the ghosts of Flight 401 and they continue to this day. Below are some of ones we came across:

A flight attendant was surprised to find an elderly gentlemen sitting in a restricted section below the passenger compartment. Alarmed she confronted him about being in a restricted section. He stated he was traveling with his wife who was sitting in a seat he identified and asked the flight attendant to tell her he was ok. He then disappeared into a staff lavatory and was never seen again. When asked the wife did confirm that she was traveling with her husband but he was in a coffin stored below. The flight attendant identified the man she had seen as the deceased husband.

There are multiple stories of passengers sitting in particular seats on planes and being cold to the point of being near frozen while everyone around them remained comfortable. In some of these cases passengers later flew on the same plane and observed that whoever was sitting in that seat was exceptionally cold. In many of these cases it was possible to find out that in the past a passenger had passed away while sitting in the seat.

A thin and rather scary looking apparition has been seen on one plane that generally does long trans-Pacific flights overnight. The apparition is described as a very unhealthy and frail looking elderly lady who wanders the aisles completely ignoring the flight staff and passengers.

A European airline has a haunting that is referred as "the yellow one" Cleaning staff have refused to board this plane because of incidents that they have witnessed in the past. This ghost's most common action is pounding noises on the top of the plane; this has been heard while the plane was on the ground and in flight and rather sounds like someone walking on top of the plane. It has been confirmed that an elderly lady did die while on a flight on this plane.

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