A Memorial in Honor of the Park Slope Plane Crash

Green-Wood Cemetery has unveiled a memorial in honor of those who perished in the crash.

It was now fifty years ago today, when quiet, snow-blanketed Seventh Avenue was disrupted by the unthinkable—a passenger airplane fell from the sky, landing on Seventh and Sterling Place.

The crash was then the worst aviation accident in American history. All aboard and six on the ground perished. In total, 134 were left dead.

Today, Green-Wood Cemetery unveiled an eight-foot granite memorial in honor of those who lost their lives when United Airlines Flight 826  plummeted to the ground.

The event drew throngs of people—those who had lost loved ones in the crash, who had simply lived nearby and recalled the crash, and those who had only recently learned of the tragedy for the first time.

"I remember the sadness on the faces of people that day," recalled Green-Wood Cemetery President Richard J. Moylan, who was in school in Park Slope when the crash happened. "I didn't really understand it then, but I would never forget it."

Fifty years later, it seems few have forgotten.

alan pandolfini December 17, 2011 at 03:32 PM
I lost my Brother in that plane crash. I'm heading up to NY for Christmas Tuesday and plan to visit the memorial. Can you please forward the address where the memorial is located. I would truly appreciate the information. Thank you, Alan Pandolfini
Parksloper December 19, 2011 at 03:13 AM
The article is from 2010 but you can find info at their website ( greenwood cemetary): http://www.green-wood.com/2010/remembering-a-disasters-victims/


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