Fifty years ago, Unites Airlines Flight 826 crashed into Park Slope, extensively damaging ten brownstones and the Pillar Of Fire Evangelical Church on 7th Avenue. Six people were killed on the ground. All but one passenger on the plane perished. The lone survivor was 11 year old Stephen Baltz of Wilmette, Illinois. Tragically, he died of his injuries at Methodist Hospital 26 hours later.
Now, victims of the tragic airplane crash in Park Slope are being remembered. Together with New York Methodist Hospital, the Park Slope Civic Council,one of the oldest civic associations in Brooklyn, is inviting the public to attend an unveiling ceremony and memorial service at Greenwood Cemetery.Read On:
On the morning of December 16, 1960, 134 people tragically lost their lives when United Airlines flight 826 and TWA flight 266 collided over the skies of Staten Island. The United aircraft crashed in Park Slope, at the intersection of Sterling Place and Seventh Avenue. Green-Wood Cemetery will be honoring those individuals who perished, both in the sky and on the ground in Park Slope, by unveiling a new eight-foot memorial on December 16, 2010, fifty years to the day of the tragic crash. The granite monument will stand sentinel near the gravesite where the unidentified remains of victims have rested for half a century. This special unveiling ceremony and memorial service are co-sponsored by New York Methodist Hospital and the Park Slope Civic Council, and are free to the public. Please R.S.V.P. with Isabella Vlacci at 718-210-3024.
Memorial Service And Monument Unveiling Ceremony
To Commemorate The 50th Anniversary Of The Airplane Crash In Park Slope
Thursday, December 16, 2010,
gather at 9:45 a.m.
service to begin promptly at 10:00 a.m.
Green-Wood Cemetery main entrance at 25th Street and Fifth Avenue
Disasters: Death In The Air (times.com
The Day The Boy Fell From The Sky (New York Times)
TWA and United Airlines Aicrafts Collide In Mid-Air (timelines.com)