By Emilio Corsetti III
On may possibly 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty seven passengers and a team of six departed from New York's JFK foreign Airport en path to the tropical island of St. Maarten, yet 4 hours and 34 mins later the flight led to the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It used to be, and continues to be, the single open-water ditching of a advertisement jet. the next rescue of survivors took approximately 3 hours and concerned the coast defend, army, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what was once occurring contained in the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters because the crews struggled opposed to the elements and dwindling sunlight to rescue the survivors, who had merely their lifestyles vests and a lone break out chute to maintain them afloat.
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The two large panels at mid-fuselage are for accessing the hydraulic reservoir (front) and the engine accessories bay - fuel pumps, oil pumps, and generators. (Mike Fox) A 334th FIS F-86E rests on the Kimpo alert ramp in 1952 with everything ready to go flaps down, power cart plugged in, and crew chief and armorer standing by under the wing. Five minute alert birds like this one had to be airborne minutes after being alerted since their job could be to protect a wounded comrade with MIGs on his tail.