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National Law Enforcement Museum Presents Eagle One: Rescue and Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90

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

January 26, 2017

Washington, DC—The National Law Enforcement Museum will host the 15th installment of its popular Witness to History panel discussion series, Eagle One: Rescue and Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90 on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, at 7:00 pm at the US Navy Memorial’s Burke Theater.  

The evening program includes a reception and discussion with a retired U.S. Park Police pilot of the Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger helicopter known as Eagle One, a NBC4 news cameraman who was on-site when this tragedy occurred, as well as a retired homicide detective with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, who was one of the lead officers in the intensive recovery effort of the victims of the crash.

On January 13, 1982, in Washington, DC, Air Florida Flight 90, 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 while waiting 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.

What:

 

National Law Enforcement Museum
Witness to History Panel Discussion Series
Eagle One: Rescue and Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90

When:

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2016
Reception at 6:00 pm
Program from 7:00-8:30 pm

Where:

 

US Naval Heritage Center
Burke Theater
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Metro: Green/Yellow Line to Archives

Panelists:

 

Pilot Don Usher (ret.), Usher was a U.S. Park Police officer and pilot of the Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger helicopter known as Eagle One which rescued four survivors from the Air Florida Flight 90 crash. 

Mr. Chester Panzer, Panzer was the only news cameraman to capture footage of the rescue of Air Florida Flight 90 survivors in progress. 

Det. Eric Witzig (ret.), Witzig was a homicide detective with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, in 1982. He was one of the lead officers in the intensive recovery effort of the victims of the Air Florida Flight 90 crash.

Moderator:

 

Mr. Frank Bond, Retired anchor and reporter of Washington DC’s WUSA-TV, and current documentary producer for the Newseum.

NOTE: Media representatives planning to cover this event are requested to register, in advance, by contacting Jaclyn Barrientes at JBarrientes@nleomf.org or (202) 737-7989. Please provide your name and affiliation. Photo ID is required to access the building.

About the National Law Enforcement Museum
A project of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the 57,000-square-foot National Law Enforcement Museum will be located adjacent to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC’s Judiciary Square. Now under construction, the Museum will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech interactive exhibits, comprehensive collection of artifacts, extensive resources for research, and diverse educational programming. The Memorial Fund’s mission is to tell the story of American law enforcement and make it safer for those who serve. For more information about the National Law Enforcement Museum, visit www.LawEnforcementMuseum.org.

Jaclyn Barrientes
jbarrientes@nleomf.org
(202) 737-7989