Sunday, November 21, 2010 Did you know...

A small plane crashed into the Empire State Building in Manhattan on July 28th 1945?

Lt. Colonel William Smith was piloting a U.S. Army B-25 bomber through New York City. He was on his way to Newark Airport to pick up his commanding officer, but for some reason he showed up over LaGuardia Airport and asked for a weather report. Because of the poor visibility, the LaGuardia tower wanted to him to land, but Smith requested and received permission from the military to continue on to Newark. The last transmission from the LaGuardia tower to the plane was a foreboding warning: "From where I'm sitting, I can't see the top of the Empire State Building.

This crash also produced a Guinness World Record: The longest survived elevator fall! A women fell over 80 stories and lived to tell the tale.


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