Another intresting tidbit.. Eastern did not drop the flight number "401" for years even after the disaster. Loft are apparently not content merely to be present Surely, this story have been discussed many times for more than twenty years, and a famous one too, amongst the airline industry, the Ghost of Eastern Airlines! There were numerous sightings of both of these gentleman on Eastern Airlines flights following their deaths. The stories, accounts, and discussion in this article are not always based on proven facts and may go against currently accepted science and common beliefs. And one of the better-documented cases of the existence of “something” beyond death. Although Eastern Airlines management vehemently denied these claims, due to the prevalence of these tales in the airline community, one must wonder if there is any truth to them. noted that ghost sightings have been reported many A female Ten minutes later, Flight 401 crashed into the Florida Everglades, killing five crew members and 96 passengers. The solution, however, is not front-page news like the “ghost” ships. personnel. she fetched two colleagues, one of whom was the The physics of the airspace and airport probably did not change in a matter of hours. On December of 1972, an I began my career in air traffic control with the design, development and deployment of the US Oceanic air traffic control system called ODAPS. on these airplanes. It highlights how poor cockpit He began a conversation with who he thought was the pilot on his plane in the first-class section. Communication Confirms That Life and Loft and Repo had indeed lost their lives that December evening in 1972. I really want to see what they look like with the chandelier. John G. Fuller, the best-selling Perhaps they carried with them a sense of guilt at missing the altitude drop? Posts: 529; Joined: Sun Sep 16, 2001 4:50 am; USER_STATUS: OFF_LINE ; RE: Ghost Of Eastern Airlines #1567839. Perhaps not all the parts were removed, I wouldn't be surprised by that. USER_MINI_PROFILE. But this tragic story doesn’t end there. – An apparition of just the head of 2nd Officer and Flight Engineer Don Repo, as seen and heard by two crew members on board another aircraft that would lose two engines to fire on its next flight. in the galley of Tri-Star 318. and NDEs Main Page | The book referenced by Cody is "Frequent Flier" by Bob Reiss. There are thousands of smaller events that take place every single day and go more or less unnoticed. Now, though, it seemed they were acting as “guardians” over their former employer’s flights. That was until the lady informed him that the man in question was dead. Box Story. Go to getquip.com/LEGENDS right now and you'll get your first refill pack FREE with a quip electric toothbrush! You will get two approaches for the price of one.". happenings even appeared in a 1974 US Flight Safety -   “Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like we are making great time tonight. There are many former Eastern FA's at US Airways. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years experience. And right now, they’re giving our listeners a special, limited-time offer: a FREE TRIAL with unlimited access to their entire library! These stories mostly involved other Eastern Airlines L-1011s that had refitted parts salvaged from Flight 401. I have been awarded eight patents in air traffic management, including time based flow management. vanished. Airliners.net is the leading community for discovering and sharing high-quality aviation photography. to worry about the pre-flight, I've already done Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L-1011 TriStar 1. resource management caused a tiny light bulb to was due for take-off. I'm wondering, though, if you are planning on including some stories (ghost stories, of course) regarding the crash. Someone worte a book about traveling on a Delta L-1011 for a day and he interviewed several crew members and mechanics who said that even in 1992, they still saw "shadowy figures" lurking on the former Eastern L-1011's. was confirmed by the flight engineer." A mass of compelling testimony was produced Repo. people who had not known Loft and Repo. EA reportedly salvaged parts of the wrecked aircraft for use on other planes in its fleet, and passengers and crew members reported seeing the ghosts of captain Bob Loft and flight engineer Don Repo on outgoing flights. regarding the quiet, unresponsive man in Eastern ​Copyright © 2020 Me Time For The Mind. A flight's captain and two flight attendants claim which had been fitted with parts salvaged from the For example, one unnamed flight engineer would tell how he almost screamed when, while performing the standard pre-flight checks Don Repo appeared in front of him stating he had already done the checks for him. The sale will end at midnight on Monday, December 2nd, “Cyber Monday” – supplies are very limited and will sell out quickly so you gotta act fast! Faye Merryweather was a serving flight attendant for Eastern Airlines in the mid-1970s. However, it was after some of the undamaged Eastern Air Lines Flight 401 was a scheduled flight from New York to Miami. It leaves the reader (or most, anyway) absolutely convinced this actually happened. Props and jets from the good old days, Flight Decks distract the pilots and bring down a Tristar jetliner. The Eastern Airlines flight had just impacted into the ground. A jet airliner is not something that immediately comes to mind: except to those who know about Eastern Air Lines flight 401. lifelike. were transported to a remote sight outside of MIA and destroyed. Who So I take it that there is a book? Airlines uniform sitting in the seat next to her, "Stockstill: We did something to the altitude. and the haunting afterward, Hello From Heaven: A New Field of Research-After-Death He would later identify the mystery man as Loft when looking up a picture of the deceased pilot. An unnamed female passenger also had a chilling experience during an Eastern Airlines flight. In the United States we have a deregulated airline industry. ghost investigators. The truth about hauntings, spirits, Maybe the salvaged pieces of Flight 401’s wreckage also contained the final energies of the crew. the right), were two of the 101 people who perished - Edgar Allen Poe, | Everyone is running to get somewhere. to have seen and spoken to Loft before take-off Aircraft flying government officials, Helicopters Repo were invariably described as being extremely Sightings of the pilots on Eastern Airlines planes began in the immediate months following the accident. They were not only reported by people All Rights Reserved. accounts of those whose lives have been You may opt-out by. The Cabin Crew of Flight 401, photo taken earlier on the day of the crash while on the ground in Miami as Flight 26. a flight attendant who observed a man in a flight Find out for yourself how smooth and inexpensive shaving SHOULD be, by going to Harrys.com/LEGENDS to get a HARRY’S Trial Shaving Set – a $13 Value! Eastern Airlines refuses to discuss the matter, Incidentally, the witness refused to fly and left the plane right before it was due for take-off. Experiences and the Afterlife, The true story of a crashed airliner BY Guest - Wed Sep 18, 2002 … and friends, Four hundred entries arranged A-to-Z and the last leg of its flight was cancelled. Twenty minutes later we are all still sitting on the plane. engineer's uniform, whom she later recognized as I didn't think that items from a crashed airplane could be used again, but this person said they had bought things like galley carts. to have been assisting, there is testimony from © 2020 Forbes Media LLC. The government said they had to fly 80% of their schedule, it did not say they had to move passengers or cargo. In fact, their blades are so good they’ve received over 20,000 five-star reviews on Trustpilot and Google. In the words of the great Vince Lombardi, “this is a game of inches”. We can only imagine how many more accounts might be on record if not for the eventual ban by Eastern Airlines on any of their employees speaking publicly of their sightings. The Astonishing Research Corps, or "A.R.C." … to shop our merch store starting at 8 am Eastern Standard Time on November 29th, 2019, “Black Friday” to get access to all of our regular merch at a storewide 10% discount plus pre-order Holiday Hoodies and collector Pint Glasses, which will be shipped out after we receive them in our warehouse from the manufacturer. The seats had inflattable lumbar supports when the L-10's were delievered to Eastern. N310EA (193A-1011) This TriStar crashed in the Florida Everglades on December 29, 1972.” Photo ©Jon Proctor use by GFDL 1.2. During this time, the plane’s autopilot system was set to maintain the plane’s altitude at 2,000 feet. Maybe what presents as full, is really lack of coordination between airport users. as a result. The "Ghost of flight 401" is an interesting story. There were 75 survivors. As the plane made its way across the marshlands of the Florida Everglades, Stockstill is heard to say, “We did something to the altitude”. He looked back to see who it was and found no one there. For reasons unknown, there are no reports of them together. The short video below looks at the incident in a little more detail. "The boundaries between This Airline Has Rescued Thousands of Americans Stuck Overseas During the Coronavirus Pandemic Eastern Airlines President and CEO Steve Harfst and Michael Brett, a passenger who was stranded in Ecuador, join Fox & Friends Episode 160: The Ghosts of Flight 401. Spectral looking people with manic laughs or clanking chains are another popular image people often have of ghosts or spirits. Flight 401 – The Black of the Federal Aviation Agency recorded the fire Both military and civil versions, Blimps / Airships However, a “push” on the steering systems in a specific way, would disengage the autopilot. The pilot, Bob Loft They also installed the A-300 delivery interior (brown, blue, red, and yellow camouflage look). I has a mech tell me of reaching for a wrench while working inside an ex-EAL L10. planes that had been fitted with salvaged parts Scared but calm, she went to find other colleagues and returned with two other flight attendants. Both pilots and the flight engineer died, along with 2 out of 10 flight attendants and 96 of the 163 passengers on board. I contribute in the area of aviation. I was 7 years old at the time. One anonymous captain claimed to have seen Repo before a flight he was about to pilot. As they went through the records of the flight it came to light that an apparent problem in the cockpit had drawn the crew’s attention. The strange tales of I spoke to someone from an airline that operated L1011s. Understandably alarmed, Eastern Air Lines Lockheed L … Just one of the many newspaper clippings regarding Flight 401 - despite numerous sightings, Eastern Airlines refused to comment on the matter. I wonder if any pictures of the L-1011 lounges exist. I wonder if that L1011 is still haunted..... "Ladies and Gentlemen it's happy hour. The rules regarding airport slots are intended to ration a scarce resource. Although Eastern Airlines were tight-lipped on the sightings, it quickly became one of the aviation industry’s worst-kept secrets. hauntings with the aid of several cautious airline The 52-year-old flight engineer was one of 101 people who’d died Dec. 29, 1972 when Eastern Flight 401, packed with holiday travelers, slammed into the … for short. On one particular occasion, on Flight Tri-Star 138, while performing her normal duties, she could clearly see the face of Repo in the oven door in the plane’s kitchen. Even the Vice President of Eastern Airlines would go on record stating a mysterious encounter before his flight. (on the left), and flight engineer Don Repo (on It was the Lockheed L-1011-1 Tristar model which, on December 29, 1972, left New York’s John F. Kennedy airport and crashed into … from people in highly responsible positions: pilots, The pilot, Bob Loft The final conversation gave investigators enough of a clue to then piece together the timeline that led the pilots to be in the fatal position they found themselves. who subsequently disappeared in full view of both Repo were invariably described as being extremely Everything from the Goodyear blimp to the Zeppelin, Night Photos It’s also a razor that comes with a 100% Quality Guarantee – if you or the person you’re getting it for doesn’t love it, let them know and they’ll give you a quick and hassle-free full refund. them. changed and even protected by messages The apparitions of Loft and I don't have the address handy. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics. Whether Turpin used the grounds to conduct his robberies over 250 years before the conception of air travel is unknown. And now their app lets you download and listen to only the audio from the courses or watch the videos, just like a podcast! Required fields are marked *. If airport users had an incentive to maximize the use of the airport, rather than to fill a “slot”, would “ghost” ships be necessary? By publishing these accounts, UFO Insight does not take responsibility for the integrity of them. Produced by Scott Philbrook & Forrest Burgess; Audio Editing by Sarah Vorhees Wendel and Zach Bair; Sound Design by Ryan McCullough; Tess Pfeifle, Producer and Lead Researcher; Research Support from the astonishing League of Astonishing Researchers, a.k.a. Very well researched and documented. Who occasion, Faye Merryweather, a flight attendant, Some high-ranking employees and pilots would do so only under the cover of anonymity. Whether out of guilt or an unstoppable sense of duty, these apparitions reportedly appeared to be quite lifelike and were trying to prevent further disasters. people who had not known Loft and Repo. Passenger cabin shots showing seat arrangements as well as cargo aircraft interior, Cargo Aircraft Lockheed L-1011, aircraft 310, flight 401 headed from New York to Miami on Dec. 29, 1972. The pilot is back on the intercom, now sounding a bit contrite and frustrated. or signs from the deceased. crashed into a Florida swamp. Onboard were 13 crew members and 163 passengers, 176 souls in all. It’s about the coordination of every single flight, every single day; especially during “ops” normal. A further sighting is even more spine-tingling. The pilot, Bob Loft (on the left), and flight engineer Don Repo (on the right), were two of the 101 people who perished in the air crash. The The Ghost of Eastern Airlines Flight 401. Perhaps The Ghost of Flight 401, While he has not yet been reported in planes over Heathrow, the airport itself is said to contain the spirit of the highwayman, Dick Turpin who was sentenced to death for his crimes of brutal robbery in 1739. of the crash was found to be a couple of minor design The entire article and the contents within are published by, wholly-owned and copyright of UFO Insight. Flight 401 wreckage. The website She said that she could understand people not believing her, she wouldn't believe it herself, but it happened. Cody, perhaps you're right, who knows? If an airport is full, maybe slot rationing is a good thing, or at least a necessary thing. provides an account of the crash as told using material We publish books on both Kindle and paperback. The strange tales of Foundation's newsletter. It appears this happened during the temporary commotion among the crew. We will not let it happen.". directly by a deceased family member Other sightings There were actually stories at DAL as FA's and Mechs would on occasion see the ghost. Then he realized that there wasn't supposed to be anyone else on the airplane. Beautiful shots taken while the sun is below the horizon, Accidents Opinions expressed by Forbes Contributors are their own. vice-presidents of Eastern Airlines boarded a Miami-bound crew members After-death communications occur when Around 1978, they started to remodel the L-1011 with 9 across seating in coach. Not pictured is Sharon Transue who took the photo. And furthermore, laid in a coffin in the cargo hold. The author does not own the rights to this content. incidents was severely hampered by the airline company On 29 th December 1972, Eastern Airlines Flight 401 came crashing out of the sky and into the Florida Everglades. Aircraft painted in beautiful and original liveries, Airport Overviews the ghostly airmen of Flight of 401 circulated in Spooky tales unfolding high above us in planes shuffling people from one destination on the planet to another are, in certain circles, more common than we might think. Pictures of great freighter aircraft, Government Aircraft My focus is on air traffic control and air traffic management. The sightings claiming to have encountered the ill-fated pair Sightings of Don Repo would continue sporadically for several years before Eastern Airlines’ closure in 1991. Slots have become important to all airlines for competitive reasons. Included are more than 350 first-hand I recommend reading "THE GHOST OF FLIGHT 401" By: John G. Fuller. which broke out on that same aircraft. is interesting to note that the galley of Tri-Star Experiences and the Afterlife. One female Copyright © 2020 UFO Insight, All Rights Reserved. - Ronald Reagan. Repo as the officer she had seen. Actually.........contrary to popular belief, the parts were not removed. someone is contacted spontaneously and Repo have devoted their after-lives to watching Your email address will not be published. who had known Loft and Repo, but their ghosts were resource management caused a tiny light bulb to A member of this forum (I won't mention names) can prove it. researchers have interviewed numerous individuals Captain Bob Loft and Second Officer Don Repo died in the crash, as did ninety-nine other people on board in what was one of the worst commercial air disasters in United States history. Perhaps the spirits (energies?) quip is a slim and elegant electric toothbrush that delivers oral care the way dentists would prefer, with gentle sonic vibrations and pulses to guide you through the recommended two minutes of cleaning. When Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crashed out of the sky over the Florida Everglades in December 1972 it was without a doubt one of the worst commercial air disasters in American history, with over 100 people losing their lives. on L-1011s. plane's own flight engineer that he had not fixed During the last leg of the flight, the plane would experience engine trouble. Although Eastern Airlines management vehemently denied these claims, due to the prevalence of these tales in the airline community, one must wonder if there is any truth to them. Not long after the crash, the Photo ©Jon Proctor used under GFDL 1.2, (L-R) Captain Robert Albin “Bob” Loft; Co-pilot/First Officer Albert John “Bert” Stockstill; Second Officer/Flight Engineer Donald Louis “Don” Repo. woman hysterical. occasions by A legend was born citing more than 20 accounts from EAL employees and passengers that they had interacted with the ghosts of Captain Bob Loft and Flight Engineer Don Repo who had perished in the crash. It would be the first crash of a “Jumbo Jet” and have at the time, the highest number of fatalities from any one-plane accident in U.S. civil aviation history. and comfort for thousands of people. All three of them now saw Repo’s face in the oven door. Are they any links yall could direct me to? the oven, and that there had not been another engineer next article: Waverley Hills Sanatorium.. She made her report to the serving flight engineer who promptly informed her he was the only engineer on board the flight. Governments ration airspace and airport capacity in terms of “slots”. occasions by. provides an account of the crash as told using material faults in the controls, and Lockheed rapidly corrected life and death are at best shadowy and vague. Not long after the crash, the He was very sincere in the retelling of his encounter and I believed him. This seems straightforward enough. The parts (ovens, trolleys, L-1011 elevators and elevator shaft, etc.) the testimonies are extremely persuasive. The insistence of the Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies and unsolved mysteries. Just enter Promo Code LEGENDS at checkout to get your Trial Set. The apparitions of Loft and shall say where one ends and where the other begins? At 9:20 p.m. on December 29, 1972, a Lockheed L-1011 TriStar commercial airliner, designated as Eastern Airlines Flight 401, departed John F. Kennedy International Airport in Queens, New York, bound for Miami, Florida. It is one of the best books on commercial aviation, as it takes a look at the many aspects of commercial aviation. Landing at a nearly empty Baltimore airport late at night, everyone is relieved, thinking that even though we got out of Atlanta late, this is still going to be an early night. Aside from Copyright 2019 Astonishing Legends Productions, LLC. N310EA (193A-1011), the plane that was designated as Flight 401 when it crashed. Whatever the case, whether from real testimony or a desire to entertain, the legend of the ghosts of Flight 401 helped to make sure the victims and survivors are not forgotten. Moderators: jsumali2, richierich, ua900, PanAm_DC10, hOMSaR, Military Aircraft He told us that maintenance staff did in fact remove many salvaged parts and burned them, based on orders from MIA executives, who at that point were extremely frustrated and impatient with the publicity this story was earning for EA (After all, there were pax as well who claimed to see these "spirits", if you will). Accident, incident and crash related photos, Air to Air