20 Years Ago Today
On May 11th, 1996, ValuJet flight 592 crashed in the Florida Everglades. Oxygen canisters being carried in the cargo hold caused the fire that brought about the crash only 11 minutes after take off.
There were 110 lives lost on that day 20 years ago and the incident led to changes in the industry including a mandate by the FAA that aircraft be equipped with smoke detectors and fire suppression systems as well as closer monitoring of items being transported on flights.
Photos from the May 11, 2016 visit to ValuJet 592 Memorial (Photos courtesy Carol Reichert)
Approximately 25 loved ones will visit the crash-site today after gathering for a memorial luncheon at the Aero Squadron Restaurant near Miami International Airport. The group will then travel to the site via a 45-minute airboat ride.
The memorial service will be attended by loved ones of the crash victims as well as former employees of ValueJet and other airlines and those who participated in the recovery operations and crash investigation. Gail Dunham, who retired from American Airlines reservations, has arranged the visit today along with former American Airlines flight attendant Carol Reichert.