Accidents: Death from The Sky: Death from The Sky

Death from The Sky

There was almost no warning last week before a giant C-130 transport plane of the Kentucky Air National Guard plummeted into a restaurant and motel in Evansville, Ind., and then exploded in a giant fireball. Sixteen people were killed in the crash, including the five crewmen aboard the plane, two workers at JoJo's restaurant, and nine people at the adjacent Drury Inn motel, all of them employees of a plumbing-supply company, who were gathered in a fourth- floor conference room.

Authorities had no explanation for the crash, which occurred while the crew was practicing a maneuver called "low approach," in which...

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