Upperville, VA TWA 727 Jet Crashes into Mount Weather, Dec 1974
The airline released a list of the victims' names Sunday evening after relatives had been notified. Remains were taken to a makeshift morgue at the Bluemont Community Center, about five miles from the site. Rescue operations were halted at 8:15 p. m. Sunday because of fog, high winds and rain. They were to resume early Monday.
Dr. GEORGE HOCKER, Loudoun County medical examiner, said the plane hit just below the summit and cut a swath 60 to 70 yards wide and about a quarter of a mile long. "There were just chunks of metal and total destruction," he said.
Police initially sealed off the area within a five-mile radius to all but law enforcement and rescue officials. A reporter who viewed the wreckage several hours later said that much of it was still burning â€“ and the largest single piece of metal he could find measured only five by 10 feet.
The Federal Aviation Administration said there were no unusual communications from the plane before the crash, "just routine flight conversation."
The flight had been scheduled to land at Washington's National Airport at 10:23 a. m. EST but was diverted to Dulles, a larger facility about 20 miles west of the nation's capital due to high winds.
When the Dulles tower lost radar contact 37 minutes later, it notified local authorities to initiate a search. CARVELLO said two state troopers found the wreckage almost immediately.
Rain and gusts of 25 to 43 knots were recorded in the area at the time, and police said the foul weather impeded efforts to get emergency equipment to the scene.
Apparently no one on the ground was hit by the crash, nor were any buildings. But a worker for the Chesapeake & Potomac Telephone Co., said the wreckage had severed the main underground phone line into the secret government installation. It was restored after 2½ hours.
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