By Emilio Corsetti III
On may well 2, 1970, a DC-9 jet with fifty seven passengers and a group of six departed from New York's JFK foreign Airport en path to the tropical island of St. Maarten, yet 4 hours and 34 mins later the flight led to the shark-infested waters of the Caribbean. It used to be, and is still, the single open-water ditching of a advertisement jet. the next rescue of survivors took approximately 3 hours and concerned the coast defend, army, and marines. This gripping account of that fateful day recounts what used to be occurring contained in the cabin, the cockpit, and the helicopters because the crews struggled opposed to the elements and dwindling sunlight to rescue the survivors, who had purely their lifestyles vests and a lone break out chute to maintain them afloat.
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