Upperville, VA TWA 727 Jet Crashes into Mount Weather, Dec 1974

TWA Crash into Mount Weather, Dec 1974 Mount Weather VA plane crash site.jpg Upperville, VA TWA 727 Crash site, photo by Stu Beitler

In Washington, some relatives and friends of the victims waited in despair at private lounges in both National and Dulles Airports for news from the crash site.

CARL ZWISLER, JR., an attorney, said he believed his parents, CARL and MARY ZWISLER, of Carmel, Ind., were on the plane. "I assume my parents are dead," he said softly. "People are just sitting around waiting - and I don't think they know what for."

Soaked rescue workers winced in a freezing sleet gathering the bodies into plastic bags. As darkness fell, they had found only nine which might be identifiable by sight.

According to Federal aviation experts examining the shards of the wreckage, the airliner broke down through the tree-tops and apparently had its underbelly ripped off by a 10-foot high rock ledge at the edge of a secondary road.

The Post-Standard Syracuse New York 1974-12-02

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Search Continues For 92 Lost In Jumbo Jet Crash

Big Plane Goes Down In Va. Foot Hills

By Janet Staihar
UPPERVILLE, Va. (AP) "Searchers today were to resume hunting for the bodies of 92 persons killed when a Trans World Airlines 727 crashed into a mountain during a wind-driven rain storm, killing all aboard.

The plane, TWA flight 514 bound for Washington from Indianapolis and Columbus, Ohio, sheared off tree tops and slammed into a rocky 10-foot-high ledge near a top-secret government installation Sunday morning.

The three-jet craft disintegrated on impact, strewing bodies and burning wreckage over a wide area on the slope of Mt. Weather. The 1,754-foot-high mountain is a foothill of the Blue Ridge mountains.

The plane's tail section later was found 100 yards below the summit.

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Flight 514

I too had a ticket for 514 as I had gone to my cousin's wedding in Bloomington and spent Sunday with a Roommate from Georgetown who was in Medical School in Indianapolis. We drank too many beers and at5AM I called and changed my ticket tomthenfollowing day. When Imgot up at 9:00 I saw the news. Never did know what happened. When I got to work the following day(pan American Health). Carlos, who,I shared an office with turned white as a ghost as he knew I was on the flight old told everyone in the office I had died. Told this story many times over the years.

1974 TWA Crash at Upperville VA

I was intending to fly to Chicago for Thanksgiving with 3 sons to visit my parents in Indiana. I succeeded in getting reservations on United I think, for DC to O,Hare but there were no seats on any flight available for return. So I reserved TWA out of Indianapolis into Dulles. I went downtown DC to pay for the flights at the TWA office on K street. I had just gotten and cashed my paycheck, so I had the full amount in cash for the round trip for the boys and me in my purse. At the TWA counter I opened my purse, and the money was not there. I even dumped it out on the floor much to the upset of others and could not find the money. I called my parents and told them and said we would cancel the trip and try again Christmas. On the evening we would have been flying into Dulles, we were watching TV and saw the announcement of the crash. I went into my purse to get my address book to make a call, and a money envelope slid out on the bed. It was my fare money. i exploded in tears. I too don't know why God saved us, but I went on to remarry and have three more children. Bless the souls of those who perished. Thank you Jesus for saving me and my sons.

twa flight 514 crash

i had a ticket for that flight. i was visiting a friend in indianapolis for thanksgiving and had to get back to the george washington univ. in d.c. where i was a senior. i awoke that morning to several feet of snow. that and a slight hangover made me want to go back to bed, which i did. my friend was strongly urging me to get on the flight because all other flights that day were booked solid. i told him to leave me alone and told him i would just fly standby on a later flight.

i went back to sleep only to be awakened by a news bulletin on TV 2 or 3 hours later. the reporter said flight 514 had crashed into mt. weather, va, and that there were no survivors.

i still do not know why god spared my life. but i am very grateful. i pray for those who were not spared and hope that their families have found peace.

twa 514 passenger list

Luzille Mosley should be Lucille Mosley from Cicero Illinois by birth, living in Peru, Indiana at time of crash, my mother, Marty Mosley and myself both held tickets to the flight, grandma panicked and wouldn't let my mom on board, told us to go home, and she was not returning, and she didn't, she always kept her word.. they did this on purpose, to get equiptment up on that mountain, to do more building for F.E.M.A., president wasn't there 6 weeks earlier when they lined up the crash originally, wouldn't have been a "National Emergency" with out the president though right?

the NTSB investigation clearly makes reference to the crash 6 weeks previous that was averted, this was an intentional act, I firmly beleive that.