The Fire Within Flight 797

Despite a skillful pilot, 23 die in a jetliner blaze

The Air Canada DC-9 was approximately 25 miles northwest of Cincinnati when controllers at the Federal Aviation Administration center in Indianapolis heard the pilot's calmly spoken words: "I have a fire on board." It was shortly after 7 p.m. Thursday, and Flight 797, carrying 41 passengers and a crew of five from Dallas and Fort Worth to Toronto, had smoke creeping forward through the cabin from a rear lavatory.

Air space was quickly cleared for the jetliner to land at the nearest airport, Greater Cincinnati...

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