6.02.19 – Remembering AA Flight 1420: Twenty Years Later

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Sunday, June 2, 2019

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Remembering AA Flight 1420: Twenty Years Later

This weekend commemorates the twentieth anniversary of American Airlines Flight 1420 from Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport which overran the runway upon landing during a thunderstorm at Little Rock National Airport. The aircraft continued past the end of the runway, traveling another 800 feet and striking a security fence and an antenna. The aircraft then collided with a structure built to support the landing lights for one of the runways, which extended out into the Arkansas River.

The Captain, along with ten passengers, perished in the crash. The four Flight Attendants, the First Officer, and 105 passengers received serious or minor injuries. Twenty-four passengers were not injured.

AA Flight 1420 is a reminder of the significance of our career as Flight Attendants in quickly and safely evacuating passengers in a catastrophic event such as this one. 134 of the 145 souls on board the MD-82 aircraft survived. Take a moment and remember those that lost their lives and also those who survived.

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