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.
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.
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