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Indianapolis Airport Ramada Inn, 1987
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Muirwoody
N 39° 43.853 W 086° 15.310
16S E 563828 N 4398154
Quick Description: A USAF plane crashes into a Ramada Inn, 10 die.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 9/24/2005 1:50:13 PM
Waymark Code: WM1WJ
Published By: Groundspeak Charter Member mtn-man
Views: 336

Long Description:

On October 20, 1987 at 9:11 a.m. a USAF A-7D Corsair enroute from Pittsburgh to Nellis AFB attempted to make an emergency landing at Indianapolis International Airport after having a flameout 30 miles east of Indianapolis. The controller apparently gave him bad directions which led to him attempting to circle the airport. Flying a glider with little control, he couldn't make it and ejected at 500'. The Corsair hit the top of a Bank One building about one mile from the runway, went airborne again for 250' and hit the front of the 7-story Airport Ramada Inn. The engine and cockpit went into the lobby, the wings into the next floor above. 20,000 pounds of fuel ignited killing nine people in the hotel's lobby (a 10th died later). The Ramada stood vacant for years and is now a parking lot. The Bank One is a hospice. The pilot survived.

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Date of Crash: 10/20/1987

Aircraft Model: A-7D Corsair

Military or Civilian: Military

Tail Number: 69-6207

Cause of Crash:
A defective gear in the accessory gearbox sheared causing the drive shaft to tear open the lubricating system leading to engine seizure.


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