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B-25 Empire State Building crash facts for kids

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B-25 Empire State Building crash
A B-25 Mitchell like the one that crashed into the Empire State Building.
Accident summary
Date July 28, 1945
Summary Controlled flight into terrain (building)
Place Empire State Building, New York City
Crew 3
Fatalities 14 (11 in building and 3 crew)
Aircraft type B-25 Mitchell
Aircraft name Old John Feather Merchant
Airline/user U.S Army Air Forces
Registration 41-30577
Flew from Bedford Army Air Field
Bedford, Massachusetts

The B-25 Empire State Building crash was a plane crash that occurred on July 28, 1945. On that date, a B-25 Mitchell plane in heavy fog crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. It caused 14 deaths (three people in the plane and eleven people in the building). It caused damage of around $1,000,000.

The plane crashed between the 78th and 80th floors of the building. It left a 18 ft (5.5 m) by 20 ft (6.1 m) hole in the building. The fire that was started was put out in 40 minutes. It is the only fire at such a height that has been successfully put out. Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a fall of 75 floors, which is the Guinness World Record for the longest fall survived in an elevator. The building was reopened the Monday after the crash.

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