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January 22nd, 2007

Help With Presentation about 1957 Plane Crash


Tom McCarthy, who maintains the website for the NY Correction History Society (NYCHS) asked for help with a presentation he is preparing. From his email:

“It would mark the 50th anniversary of the Feb. 1, 1957 airplane crash on Rikers Island. Thanks to the bravery and team work of staffers and inmates, more than 60 of the 90 or so persons aboard Northeast Airlines Flight 823 were rescued from the burning wreckage that snowy, freezing night.

By any chance, do you happen know of any former NYC DOC staffer who was on the job back in 1957, or know someone who might know of a former NYC DOC staffer from that Commissioner Anna M. Kross era? Depending on their age at the time, any such former staffers would be in their 70s, 80s or 90s.

The first-hand recollections of those who were around then would be helpful in preparing the presentation. Any clippings, photos and other artifacts related to it that they may have saved might also enhance the 50th anniversary presentation that I am preparing for the web site.”

You can email Tom at:

(Pictures of the 1957 crash were found at:

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 caroline // May 6, 2012 at 1:08 am

    just wondering if there is alist of names of inmates who helped with the crash/cleanup. I know my father was one of them.

  • 2 Esperance // Jun 11, 2015 at 4:07 pm

    My father Samuel robinson was killed on February 3rd 1985 the bronx ny am trying to get case information

  • 3 Stacy Horn // Jun 12, 2015 at 9:24 am

    See my previous comment (to your comment on another post).

  • 4 aida colon // Jul 30, 2015 at 1:19 pm

    My brother jose colon was found dead on the JTrain it a cold case file can u help me

  • 5 Stacy Horn // Jul 30, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    I’m so sorry about your brother. If you look over on the left on this blog, where it says, GETTING HELP – CONTACTING A COLD CASE SQUAD, you’ll see: “Before You Contact a Cold Case Squad.” If you click on that you’ll see instructions I’ve written on what do to. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

  • 6 Denise owens // Aug 19, 2019 at 8:24 pm

    My name is denise Owens and I’m looking for someone who I can talk to about a murder that happened about almost 12 years ago. I saw what happened to a girl name [name removed] 3 people are the blame for this but 2 are living and one is dead can you please help me

  • 7 Stacy Horn // Aug 26, 2019 at 9:31 am

    Denise, I sent you email.

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