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Conversations on Law Enforcement is a new discussion series which explores contemporary issues and strengthens the relationship between law enforcement and the communities they serve. Events may involve a lecture or panel discussion followed by question and answer opportunities for the audience.

Witness to History focuses on significant events in law enforcement history, conveyed through the insights of those who witnessed them.

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Eagle One: Rescue and Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Join the National Law Enforcement Museum to learn about the daring rescue of five people and the sad recovery ofthe remains of many more from Air Florida Flight 90 on January 13, 1982. On a snowy day in Washington, DC, the Florida-bound airplane carrying 74 passengers and five crew members crashed into the Potomac River after striking the 14th Street Bridge and killing four motorists. Four passengers and one crew member survived the impact and escaped the wreckage to wait in freezing water for rescue. After several failed attempts by law enforcement, firefighters, and private citizens to reach the stranded survivors, U.S. Park Police’s Eagle One helicopter was their only hope. Pilot Don Usher and Rescue Technician Gene Windsor used their skills, training, and ingenuity to pull off a harrowing rescue.

Come hear first-hand about this amazing rescue and how the Metropolitan Police Department dealt with the aftermath.