“Larry, we’re going down, Larry,” “I know it.” This day in 1982, Air Florida Flight 90 took off from DC National Airport, in heavy snow, with insufficiently de-iced wings. A minute after takeoff, the plane crashed into the packed 14th Street Bridge, crushing several cars before falling into the Potomac River and sinking into the icy water.
- Washington Post news story, 14 Jan 1982.
- Cockpit voice recorder transcript of the flight’s last minutes.
- Coast Guard Reserve rescue workers remember the scene.
- “Twice Rescued” — flight stewardess Kelly Moore (nee Duncan), a crash survivor, recounts the impact of the event on her faith.
- Other transit woes that plagued Washington, DC that day.
- Two years later, the inevitable movie: "Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac."
- The 14th Street Bridge Complex, into which the plane crashed. The Rochambeau Memorial Bridge was afterward renamed the Arland D. Williams Jr. Memorial Bridge, in honor of one passenger who, five times, passed a rope lowered by rescuers to the other survivors clinging to the wreckage. When the rope was lowered a sixth time for him, he had succumbed to the cold and sunk into the water.