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“The Bold and Complicated Life of Lyman W. Keele, Jr., First Officer aboard Southern Airways Flight 242” – my interview with Delta Airlines Captain Ron Crysler (ret.)

CD: Ron, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today about Lyman W.  Keele, Jr. and the events surrounding his death after the April 4, 1977 crash of Southern Airways Flight 242. You worked together at Southern, and … Continue reading

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“Anatomy of a Crash Scene” – Action Photographs taken after the crash of Southern Airways Flight 242 – by Clifford Davids

Moments before the co-pilot of Southern Airways Flight 242 had lowered his landing gear and touched down dead center on a narrow strip of highway in New Hope, GA, the first responders had begun to gear up for the fiery … Continue reading

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“Crash Site Confidential” – The NTSB Photographs Of Southern Airways Flight 242 – by Clifford Davids

The National Transportation Safety Board is an American icon. Everyone recognizes their intrepid investigators, clad in navy blue shirts emblazoned with the yellow “NTSB” logo, swarming all over the horrific wreckage of airplanes, ships, and trains. Established in 1967, the … Continue reading

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“How She Survived: Flight Attendant Catherine Cooper and the Lucky Few from Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

The tragic crash of Southern Airways Flight 242 is a cruel story destruction, mayhem, and death. The captain died from his injuries, and the first officer expired while he was being medivaced to Kennestone Hospital. Twenty  passengers died from fatal injuries … Continue reading

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“The Dead-Stick Descent of Southern Airways Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

The final moments aboard Southern Airways Flight 242 were chaotic yet controlled: the first officer was searching in vain for a suitable runway; the pilot was furiously trying to restart the disabled engines; and the two flight attendants were keeping the unnerved passengers calm and … Continue reading

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“The Alienist, his observant Daughter, and the Hidden Treasure of New Hope Church” – by Clifford Davids

New Hope, GA has seen its fair share of bounders, rounders, and hooligans seeking their fortune. Ever since the bloody Battle of New Hope Church in May of 1864, every conceivable type of grifter has drifted into town, searching for the gold … Continue reading

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“The Ghost Sentry and the Secret Tunnel Under New Hope Church” – by Clifford Davids

Some time ago I found myself visiting Dallas, Georgia, riding along with the Sons of the Confederacy while they refreshed the flags on their ancestors’ graves. They were a dedicated group of guys, and our journey took us into the most remote … Continue reading

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