Jetliner crashes in Florida Everglades, 101 killed 40 years ago this hour (1972)


Video: 'Air Crash Investigations - Who's At The Controls? (Eastern Airlines Flight 401)'

(Friday, December 29, 1972, 11:32 p.m. EDT)Eastern Air Lines Flight 401, a Lockheed L-1011 Tristar, crashed today into the Florida Everglades near Miami International Airport, killing 101 of the 176 people aboard. Investigators determined that the crew was distracted by a burned-out indicator light, and failed to notice that the autopilot had become disengaged, sending the plane into a slow descent leading to the late-night crash.

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