On This Day: 77 die in plane crash during emergency landing near Richmond

On This Day: 77 die in plane crash during emergency landing near Richmond
Imperial Airlines Flight crash site near Richmond, Virginia. (Source: Wikipedia)

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) - On this day in history: Nov. 8, 1961, Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 crashes while trying an emergency landing in Richmond.

Seventy-seven would die in this horrific crash less than a mile from safety. On that plane were 74 U.S. Army recruits and 3 crew members.

At the time, it was the deadliest plane crash in Virginia history. For many of the passengers, it was their first ever plane ride.

Learn all about this deadly day not far from what is now the Richmond International Airport, in Episode 5 of Season 4 of the “How We Got Here” podcast.

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