Milwaukee Flight 105'S Final Message; The Pentagon Calling Out The Reserves:

Air controllers at Milwaukee's General Mitchell Field heard the chilling words a few seconds after takeoff. "I have an emergency," said Pilot Dan Martin of Midwest Express Airlines Flight 105. His twin-engine DC-9 was heading for Atlanta on a sunny afternoon with 27 passengers and a crew of four. That radio transmission proved to be Flight 105's last. About 1,000 ft. above the airport, one wing suddenly dipped. Later some witnesses said they heard an explosion. The plane dropped its nose and screamed toward the ground, crashing about a mile and a half from the airport. There were no survivors.

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