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I too would like this person to stop posting nonsense on here. If you have no compassion for what this website means to the people who come here, then I feel sorry for you.
- Monday, February 11, 2013 at 19:25:56 (MST)
THIS IS A MEMORIAL SITE! Whom ever keeps leaving those rediculour measages, PLEASE STOP! I check this guestbook daily, or even more often, and just delete you posts. PLEASE STOP WASTING MY TIME AND YOURS!
- Monday, February 11, 2013 at 19:16:33 (MST)
I remember this as if it were yesterday. When traveling through Detroit Metro, I always visit the site in memory of those who perished and the families and public safety personnel who relive that night each day. God Bless..
Jim Crichton <jcrichton1954@gmail.com>
Lapeer, MI USA
- Monday, January 28, 2013 at 18:05:34 (MST)
I remember clearly the crash. I was really upset when I heard it on the news.About five years ago my youngest son Adam went on a northwest airlines jet from Wichita,KS He went with his college group to Washington DC.I was very upset when he left. I could only think of the crash that had happened years before that.To this day I am afraid to fly. my heart will always be with the families of the crash victims.
Sandy Tull <kimilee81@yahoo.com>
Arkansas City, KS USA
- Sunday, January 13, 2013 at 20:37:15 (MST)
My heart still aches when I think about Flt. 255, and my prayers are always with all the family memebrs. I was a Northwest Airline rep at the time and was called to Detroit to help out the family members who lost loved ones. A very difficult time for me as it was for the rest of my colleagues. I worked with one father named William Best who had lost a daughter. Mr. Best, if you ever read this, my thoughts and prayers are with you. To this day, when I here about horrific tragedies, my mind always drifts back to this day and the agonizing time that it was. To everyone, stay strong, stay safe, and know that GOD is with you, and that your loved ones are with HIM. With warm, loving, thoughts and prayers to all. Gay Koumjian
Gay Koumjian <gmkrealestate@aol.com>
North Bay Village , FL USA
- Sunday, January 06, 2013 at 13:59:16 (MST)
As the Holidays are fast approaching, I know that a lot of us are spending time remonicing on "What could have been" had our loved ones made it home that night! So I just wanted to take the time to let everyone know I Am Thinking of All You Guys Too! Enjoy the Holidays as best you can! What a bitter sweet time of year this is. Love You All
Mary Ratliff
Placentia, CA USA
- Sunday, December 23, 2012 at 22:58:30 (MST)
My Thoughts and prayers are with the Presti family. I never got to meet DeAnna but had the pleasure of marrying into your many loving families whom I know think about you often. You are missed and loved by so many DeAnna, and may God's loving hand comfort you until we all meet again.
Gordon Holmes <sd91802@yahoo.com>
Ashland, VA USA
- Thursday, November 08, 2012 at 15:14:35 (MST)
Happy 58th Birthday, Michael Cichan!! Miss you, Paula and David.
- Sunday, October 28, 2012 at 12:45:05 (MDT)
I thought of Bill tonight and decided to Google his name and came across this site. Thank you. Bill and I were friends In Watertown, NY. We worked together at Puff's Ice Cream. I miss him. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all the people that were struck by this tragedy.
Ginny Bickford Jordan <lostmymarbles54@yahoo.com>
Scarborough, ME USA
- Sunday, September 30, 2012 at 21:20:26 (MDT)
Larry Sills was our doctor and our friend. He used to call me "Mom" when I was in the office as I had 5 little girls. On our way home from seeing Dr Sills, my 4 year old asked me if I was Dr. Sills' mom also since he always called me mom. We had such a laugh over that. Miss you a lot, Larry. I look forward to seeing you again.
Barb Prince <barbprince@cox.net>
San Tan VAlley, AZ USA
- Thursday, September 20, 2012 at 19:02:05 (MDT)
Every year I think about those that passed in this terrible accident. My good friend from high school Donald W. Beck was on this flight. My prayers go out to his family. He was a great guy & I use to give him a ride home from school at times. We graduated from John F. Kennedy in Taylor in June of 1982. May all find comfort in God and my prayers are with you all.
Patricia A. Nelson Stanley <pcakes64@yahoo.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Tuesday, September 11, 2012 at 09:29:08 (MDT)
When I shopped for shoes I always went to Penny's in Taylor. There was a young woman there that was so sweet I always shopped when she was working. She was the young woman that was in her car on the ground and was killed by the crash of flight 255. I wish I could remember her name but, I will always remember her. My heart goes out to her family.
Janette St Charles
New Boston, MI USA
- Monday, September 10, 2012 at 22:16:37 (MDT)
Our 25th Year of Rememberance was Beautiful this year. Thanks to Jeff & Jacquline Krappitz (Harry Brown's grandson) for the Fantastic Job they did with the sound and lighting! Tony Zanger for co-ordinating the media requests and getting our Hospitality room comped along with the great rate he got for us. Several of us stayed at the hotel, and really enjoyed the extra time we had with each other this year. In case anyone is unaware, we also have a FaceBook page at Flight 255 Family, where you can view some great photos and leave comments also. Thanks to everyone for all the Love and Support that goes out every year!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Monday, September 10, 2012 at 10:11:37 (MDT)
Wow. 25 years. My husband, of 24 years this weekend, lost his brother Larry, sister in law Laura, and neice Christa. We had just come back that Sunday from a fun weekend at MSU and knew they were heading back to Az. Hard to forget that night. My heart goes out to both families who suffered so much loss. But praise God, we will see them again! An awesome guy, Mike Zager, who was in my spanish class at St Mary's/Catholic central HS was also on that flight. He use to carry notes back to my boy friend at CC. lol. So sad. Great to recall awesome memories of all them! God Bless!
Kim Thorell
South Lyon, Mi USA
- Thursday, September 06, 2012 at 21:27:40 (MDT)
Brother-in-law Raphael Tombasco and sister-in-law Lisa Tomboasco and all the victims of Flight 255, you will always live on in the hearts and memories of family and friends.
Kelly Stephens <kstephens927@frontiernet.net>
Wayland, NY USA
- Monday, August 27, 2012 at 17:09:36 (MDT)
I was just reading an article about this plane crash and the sole survivor who has spoken out about the incident 25 years later. A link in the article directed me to this page. I viewed the list of people killed in the crash. So sad. I can't imagine being in a plane crash, yet alone being the only survivor. Amazing!
Lisa Sheehan <ssheehan@live.com>
Riverside, Ca USA
- Friday, August 24, 2012 at 15:49:00 (MDT)
25 years ago, I was a young paramedic among the many that responded to Flight 255. I just found out three days ago that two of the victims, Craig and Kimberly Hale, would have become our family's relatives by marriage just over a year after the crash. Kimberly Hale (DeSantis) was a cousin of the man that married my wife's older sister in September 1988. Had it not been for this tragedy, our family and Kimberly's would likely have shared in many mutual happy memories at family gatherings over these many years. After working to resolve PTSD issues as a rescuer for so long, it's hard to put into words the sense of loss for two wonderful people our family almost knew. Kimberly & Craig, may you rest in peace. This rescuer and his wife will be there to light a penlight or candlelight as your names are read at future memorials.
Andy <kilroy104@comcast.net>
Davison, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 09:13:59 (MDT)
August 20th is the birthday of Kirk Murdy and the date we held the memorial for Kirk 25 years ago. I am sending hugs to heaven for you Kirk! Your family misses you so much. Mother
Dee Murdy <jax2phx@gmail.com>
Phx., az USA
- Monday, August 20, 2012 at 15:27:07 (MDT)
God bless all that perished that fateful day. God be with the souls that helped that day as well as with Cecelia. Never forgotten. I was only 6 and remember the news reports from that day.
Linda Mead <loewenla@hotmail.com>
- Sunday, August 19, 2012 at 12:39:49 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the souls lost in this horrible tragedy so many years ago.
Jenny Paradice <jenny.paradice@yahoo.com>
Charlotte, NC USA
- Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 22:36:47 (MDT)
Had the honor of attending the memorial service on the 25th anniversary. What a wonderful testimony of the human spirit to both remember and go forward. Met many people whose lives were forever changed that night. 8-16-12 is a night that has changed mine
Dan Pellegrini <pellegrinifamily5@yahoo.com>
Belleville, MI USA
- Saturday, August 18, 2012 at 12:12:51 (MDT)
I would like to thank the persons that made this website. This is my first time here. I lost my mom on that day Patricia Ann Shero . And there is not a day that goes bye I dont miss her. 25 years seems like yesterday. Love You MOM you are always in my thoughts.. My Pryers go out to all the others that have lost loved ones on that day.. God Bless Scott Shero
Scott Shero
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 22:46:50 (MDT)
A huge THANKS to everyone for your continued prayers, touching thoughts, memorial tributes and continued support as we observed the 25th Anniversary of the crash of N.W. Flight 255. As I left the Memorial Site one more time this past evening, the feeling was overwhelming. God Bless each and every one of you! We will NEVER forget and will ALWAYS REMEMBER all 156 victims of N.W. Flight 255.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 22:06:51 (MDT)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of the families, but we especially remember Ben and the Turner family. We were also member of Dan's church. Ben and your family will always be remembered.
Patty and Marc Smith <pattyfsmith@cox.net>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 20:52:49 (MDT)
I wish to commemorate the deaths of my cousin, his wife and two daughters on this flight. Miss you still. Love Anita
Anita Grimes <alogrimes@yahoo.com>
McHenry, Illinois USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 16:30:38 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families & friends that were affected by this terrible tragedy.I had flown this flight home back to mesa in june 1987 after attending my father in laws funeral in kalamazoo. I still remember saying to my wife on that flight home why would northwest use such a small plane when usually it was always overbooked on flights back to Phoenix. I remember after that tragic crash every time we flew back to mich. to visit on northwest airlines they flew a 727 or DC10. God Bless Everyone Affected By This Tragedy.
Mark W.Costello <costellomark6@gmail.com>
Mesa, Az USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 16:22:36 (MDT)
My family and I were getting on the freeway after a long trip back from France when the plane went down in front of us. My Dad pulled over and got out to "try to help" but the scene was too much to bear. He cried the whole way home. That scene awakens me still. I'm glad this site has been able to help heal the loved ones of the lost.
Christine Pratt <cpratt2@mindspring.com>
Tarpon Springs, FL USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 15:11:47 (MDT)
I remember seeing this as " breaking news" on the TV when I was 10 years old. I remember watching with my mom and sister. I remember feeling scared. RIP
Raymond Gromek <pilot_rg@yahoo.con>
Waterford, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 14:09:15 (MDT)
I want to send my heartfelt thoughts to the families and friends of victims of Flight 255, and especially to Mr. and Mrs. Dan Turner. Rev. Turner was the minister at my church at the time and I knew Ben Turner quite well, as we participated in choir and youth group together. I remember great times and what a wonderful guy Ben was. He took me on my first "date" in junior high - Bruce Babbitt's inauguration in Phoenix. Dan and Polly, if you are reading this, I want to let you know that I will ALWAYS remember Ben and am eternally sorry for your loss. I know he would have become a great man with all of the strong values and character that you gave him. He will never be forgotten.
Anne Prince Rickard <anne.rickard@srpnet.com>
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 11:56:23 (MDT)
My deepest sympathies to all the victims and their families. I along with my sister were witnesses to the plane crash. She was taking me to the airport so I could return back home to New Jersey. SHe lives in Berkeley. Not a day goes by that at some moment of the day, that I don't think about that tragic accident. All of the victims and their families, along with Cecilia are in my heart and prayers always. With sincere sympathies, Karen Walker
Karen Walker <karenwalker_67@msn.com>
Linden, NJ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 09:47:15 (MDT)
I went to highschool with Christine Hoffman, think of her and her family all the time. She was my best friend, never did have a friend like her since. Miss you Chrissy!!!
Mary Sibley <sibley002@gannon.edu>
erie, pa USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 09:18:43 (MDT)
Wanted to send thoughts and prayers to all the families of this tragedy but especially to Benjamin Turner's family, his father, Rev. Dan Turner, was the minister at my church whenever I hear of the crash I automatically think of the Turner Family. I pray that the family is doing good and I think of them always.
Wendy Harris <harriswendy24@yahoo.com>
Scottsdale, az USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 02:38:26 (MDT)
I worked with Matt McLaughlin at The Pony Express Nightclub in Phoenix, AZ. in 1980. We were bartenders together there. Just a couple of kids back then. He was a handsome, wonderful person that everyone was just naturally drawn to. Thinking of you today,Matt, and your family. Darchelle Derthick
Darchelle Derthick <shoobiedoolittle@aol.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2012 at 01:48:16 (MDT)
I remember coming home that day from a family camping trip and getting a phone call that Deanna Presti was on that flight. We were in the same classes at Poston Jr High going into our 1st year in high school. I remember our last conversation before summer break. We were both nervous and excited to start high school. You were missed Deanna and that new school year would have been better with you there.
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 23:36:01 (MDT)
Remembering my sister Pamela Shaffer tonight -25 years later. Pamela was a flight Attendant on Flight 255. She is loved & missed greatly by our whole family. We love you Pamela....
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 23:35:22 (MDT)
I remember exactly where I was 25 years ago today. In the air as a Flight Attendant for Northwest. We learned of the terrible accident on our way to NYC. At the time I had a one year old and was commuting to MSP from SEA. We had to pass through DTW several times on our 5 day trip. It was a very difficult time for all Northwest employees. Last October I was able to retire after 32 years of flying. I am married and we have a 26 and 22 year old daughters and a 20 year old son. Every August 16th I think of those who were lost and the sole survivor who now is around my oldest daughters age. My prayers and thoughts are with the familys. May God bless you all. You will always be remembered. Janine Moran
Janine Moran <janineidream@msn.com>
Lake Stevens, Wa USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 23:08:10 (MDT)
I was a friend of Steve Brosnan. He was larger than life. Everyone wanted to be with him. Steve was fun, active, brilliant and handsome. He was pretty darn perfect! Yes... I had an enormous crush on him. He loved to go dancing(Grafitis) but, would be up early to play tennis. He and Scott would have great parties. He loved good beer, good music and good friends! When he was killed... I was devastated! I was only 19 and couldn't believe someone so wonderful could really die in such a horrible way. I was sad for a long time. He deserved a full life... I couldn't make sense of it... I think about him every time I fly. Medication helps me fly but, the sadness is always there. It has been 25 years but, this morning, when I saw the news about the crash.... I was brought back to that time and felt the devastation all over again. I started weeping the moment I saw the news story. What a horrible event... there are so many people who's lives were cut short. It's hard to think about. I would love to get in touch with KP. We hung out together after his death. Karin Potter was so much like Steve that it made me feel closer to him. Steve... you are missed and never forgotten!!! Jennifer
Jennifer <jhertoff@yahoo.com>
Tempe, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 22:58:00 (MDT)
Janine Martin, I think of you often. When one thinks of 25 years, it seems so long. I can still see you in my mind, as if time hasn t passed. I m so lucky to have known you. You were the nicest, the kindest, the funniest . the best! I am remembering you tonight, and will always. Wish you hadn t gone. I d love to sit with you and talk with you again.
Mark Draves <mark_draves@yahoo.com>
Banks, OR USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 22:53:41 (MDT)
Steve Brosnan always remembered, rest in peace
Kim Somborovich <obmosk@yahoo.com>
phoenix, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 22:07:22 (MDT)
When I went to the list I had secretly hoped I would not find the name of a former classmate, but instead I found it. Randy Hoffman was admired by his Saline classmates for his athleticism and for being a good student. His locker was next to mine and after all these years I can still see his smile. I am sorry for all of you who lost someone. I am equally sad that Randy left us so early. It still seems unfair.
Ellen Jones <e_bernard@comcast.net>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 21:23:45 (MDT)
Its hard to believe 25 years have passed. Ben Turner was a fellow musician, taken from the world too soon.
Heather <Lovebugsphotography@gmail.com>
Surprise, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 21:22:51 (MDT)
To the family of Emily Geiger, I had been a classmate of Emily's since kindergarten. I still remember her sweetness, intelligence and humor. She was kind to everyone. Her spirit will not be forgotten. The memories of the times I was lucky enough to spend with her will always make me smile.
Sasha Bielek
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 21:02:32 (MDT)
To Dan Mickelson and his Father Wayne Mickelson...Dan, I will never forget the night I got the call from Ken Ellzey telling you were gone. I have thought about you both often and I hope your family is doing well...you were a good friend and will forever be missed. Rest in Peace. James Ayers
James Ayers <td9932@gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 20:51:02 (MDT)
To the family of Dorian Wallington, I am sorry for your lost. I often fill I lost a part of me Dorian's memory is forever with me. I often think of her. I love you Dorian!
Lawrence (Larry) Davis <lsivad71@gmail.com>
Southfield , MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 19:54:46 (MDT)
I work in downtown Phoenix and pass the memorial there multiple times a week. Every time I pass it, my thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. Today is the anniversary of the crash, and my thoughts and prayers are with everyone remembering the tragic event and missing loved ones who lost their lives that night.
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 19:46:50 (MDT)
I want to express my condolences and wish for peace to all who lost loved ones. I especially wish peace and blessings to the family of Emily and Elizabeth of Phoenix.
kthleen (kami) krenz <kathie_krenz7@frontiernet.net>
show low, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 19:36:24 (MDT)
"The Promiss" Before my mother (Jean Cathie Corona) boarded the plain, she had my father promiss that when she got home that he would get back into coaching football. The promiss was made AND kept. When I decided to do the same thing this spring, I had N312RC (airplane's tail number) tattooed on my left wrist. Every time I look down at my play sheet, it reminds me of that moment, and the adversity we all have overcome.
jamie corona <jamie.corona@hotmail.com>
St. Louis, MO USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 19:00:43 (MDT)
Remembering my friend Hidi Ja Ratliff. Always a smile. Good times with the little blue VW. Prayers to Mom & Dad tonight.
Bethany Christy <luvbrunell@gmail.com>
Vienna, WV USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:58:14 (MDT)
I am with all of you in spirit at this moment. I lost my brother "Johnny", sister-in-law Sharon, nephew Matt and niece Megan. This is the first I have been able to put this in words, just how much I miss them and love them and they will never be forgotten. Thank you to Megan's friend. Your message gave me the courage to do this. Bless you!
Dorene DeRodes <dorened@comcast.net>
Olathe, Ks. USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:51:17 (MDT)
I remember that very clearly twenty-five years ago. This tremendous loss touch me very deeply. I have traveled that part Middlebelt road many, many times. My prayers and thoughts are with the families today. May God give you a sense of peace and strength as you all gather together to remember your loved ones.
Sherry Robinson <sherry_robbie@yahoo.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:48:57 (MDT)
25 years ago, I was home in Phoenix. I took Flt #255 back home one week earlier. I had already stayed a week longer than planned and had spent most of the day debating staying an extra week, had I done so I would have been on this flight, thus I feel tied to it. I really wanted to make it there for today's memorial. RIP to all
Dennis Dennison <AzHosers2K3@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:48:15 (MDT)
25 years ago, I was home in Phoenix. I took Flt #255 back home one week earlier. I had already stayed a week longer than planned and had spent most of the day debating staying an extra week, had I done so I would have been on this flight, thus I feel tied to it. I really wanted to make it there for today's memorial. RIP to all
Dennis Dennison <AzHosers2K3@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:47:46 (MDT)
I remember.............On this exact moment I was there 25 years ago.
Jeff S. <dd.jeff@hotmail.com>
Dearborn, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:46:04 (MDT)
May God bless all of those who lost their lives on this day 25 years ago...may all of the families and friends find some comfort and peace in knowing how many of us support you on this day and always...my deepest and most sincere regards to all...
Robert Eder <rgeder2@gmail.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:42:24 (MDT)
It's very difficult for me to comment tonight,I am a Firefighter/Paramedic at Detroit Metro Fire Department I have worked 25 years at DTW Fire Dept. I am Currently on duty & and the only one of my current platoon mate's that was on duty the night of august 16 1987. A day that has bonded me with the firefighters I worked with that night that word's cannot express!!.I still see several on a daily basis,But the one's I do not see are my platoon bosses that have since retired. A couple of them have called me today to say hi, not knowing I was on duty at work. I believe that they called today was more then the normal small talk about fishing or are daily lives, but talking to some one that just KNOWS what this day 25 years ago has done too are lives. My self I have never been able to go to the memorial service's at the hill it's just brings up those memories that I have very seldom talked about even to my wife & relative's. A few firefighters that I have had calls from today have conviced us THE GUYS that worked that night to finally get together & go as crew next year 2013, 26 years to day and finally !! try to get some closure thats been long over due. I also wanted to thank Tony Zanger,Susan Moy, & Mary ann Ratliff that I met at the Hotel last night, I think meeting with you all as brief as it was,I needed to see you for myself.
Mike Ramsey <m.ramsey98@yahoo>
Romulus, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 18:40:54 (MDT)
Bill, my thoughts are of you today.....miss your smile and your laugh.....I remember when we worked at Hensley and Co. (Budweiser) and I was pregnant and you came up to me wrapping your arms around my leg and saying mommy, mommy... You always kept me happy.....you are always on my heart...
Debbie Burd <deborahburd@gmail.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 17:49:58 (MDT)
Tonight my thoughts and prayers to all who suffered, I was at the airport that morning,,,,God Bless
Pj Drayton <peaachees@aol.com>
Nashville, TN USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 17:35:27 (MDT)
Remembering Randy Hoffman. Think about you often. You are so missed. RIP.
Linda Keniston-Papak <papakl@yahoo.com>
Madison, WI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 16:23:21 (MDT)
I'll never forget that day. Being from Michigan and Metro Detroit my entire life, this event has made a lasting impression on me. My heart goes out to those who lost loved ones 25 years ago.
J <magicalphoto@aol.com>
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 16:16:35 (MDT)
I knew Bill Acker. We played racquetball (with my brother Joe) and Bill didn't like it very much when he lost!!! So Billy boy, I hope you are practicing your racquetball skills in racquetball heaven. I will always remember your great smile! I know there are many good memories that live on with your family & friends. My thoughts & prayers of comfort are with all the families that are missing & honoring their loved ones. Pattie LaRosa, Mesa, Az
PATTIE LA ROSA <pattie@azstaffing.us.com>
Mesa, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 15:55:43 (MDT)
As always, our local news has done a wonderful job of remembering this tragic event. I haven't posted in severel years, but I do still think about and pray for everyone involved. I still have the e-mail I recieved after the last post I made, thank you.
Chrystal <chrystalr03@hotmail.com>
Redford, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 15:30:08 (MDT)
Even a quarter century later, I can still remember my friend MATTHEW McLAUGHLIN, just the same as he was before he left this world. His voice, his physical presence and all of the other qualities that were uniquely Matt, remain clearly etched in my memory. It still seems so unfair, that a man with such a bright future ahead of him was denied a chance to enjoy the life we all believed was ahead of him. My thoughts and prayers go out to the McLaughlin family and hope you take comfort in the knowledge that many of us still fondly remember our friend Matt, and always will.
Chandler, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 15:16:28 (MDT)
My wife Mary Frances and I attended Santa Clara University with Nick Vanos. He was, and will always be, one of our dearest friends. We still have the addressed wedding invitation we were going to send to him in August 1987. Nick was a giant at 7'2", yet his big heart made him a true giant. We, and many other SCU Broncos, still miss Nick (aka "The Big Man"). We keep Nick, his beloved family and all of those impacted by the horrific crash in our prayers. God bless you, All. Sincerely, Tim
Tim Jeffries <TSMJ1962@gmail.com>
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 14:58:04 (MDT)
. I WITNESSED THIS TRAGIC EVENT. . . . I feel compelled to tell my story. As time washes our memories I think it is important to document as much as possible. It took a quarter century to bring me here. My hope is that my experience will help others remember and continue to heal. I know mine is just one perspective of many. Perhaps hundreds of others, especially first responders and those close to the scene that night may have similar stories that they not-often talk about. . . . I was at the airport that tragic night in 1987 on assignment for work. I was in college and I worked part-time in Taylor, MI. I was to go to Delta airlines air cargo building to receive cargo. Delta cargo was located on West Service Rd. The building is still there today. It is on the west side of Merriman Rd. a few buildings north of what was back then the international terminal. It was later estimated that my distance was about two-thirds of a mile (about 6 city blocks) from the point of impact. . . . I reached the airport just before 8:30pm - about 20 minutes or so before the tragedy unfolded. I arrived at the deserted Delta cargo building and parked my van next to the entrance. Because it was after-hours I had to use a security phone hanging next to the entrance to call staff. The operator gave me an estimate of when the cargo train would arrive. In this case the driver was on his way from the terminal it would be a short wait. I went back to the van and got in. What happened next changed my and many others lives forever. . . . What I remember the most that moment was the sky. It was near twilight and there seemed to be an approaching storm. The tall clouds in the far distance were illuminated a pinkish-purple-gold color catching the last rays of a setting sun. It looked more like an autumn sky then an August summer sky. It was actually breathtaking and caused me to continue to look into the eastern sky. Against this back-drop I watched a few planes take off. The sky got darker as the sun faded. . . . All of a sudden, like seeing lighting strike - I saw flames trialing from behind an airplane. (I would later found out this was when 255 s wing hit the light pole.) I could see the lights on in the airplane windows. . . . I lost sight of the plane beyond my visible horizon. A tree and a distant neighboring building blocked my view. About three seconds later I heard a deep rumble and then I saw a huge column of flames shoot up into the sky. At first I froze, then I panicked, I yelled a few words to myself ( Holy Sh__! I think) and I jumped out of the van. IS THIS REAL!? screamed in my head. . . . I ran up to the fence across the lot in front of me to the east to see if I could see what happened. I was shaking. What I remember the most was how silent it got. No more plane sounds, no more traffic sounds, no nothing. Like someone turned the volume off. It was eerie. I felt sick. . . . I ran back to the cargo building entrance and picked up the security phone to report what I had seen. I though in my panic (and maybe because I was alone and it was so silent) that no one else knew of what just happened. The operator answered and I started to mutter what I saw. I could only get short utterances out: plane fire send someone help..! . The operator stated that they also just heard of the crash and that I was not the only one to see this. . . . All of a sudden from the deep silence came the sounds of sirens from every direction - at first very faint, then louder and louder. Just about then the cargo train arrived. I asked the driver what happened. He said he didn t know, but that it was bad. We loaded my van and I took off to the scene to see if I could help. . . . I was able to take Merriman Rd. north to Smith Rd. then I turned right entering a little neighborhood and drove to a gravel cross street called Garner Rd. In 1987 this road went right into Middlebelt road just north of I-94. I parked the van and ran out onto Middlebelt road. I was horrified. . . . The flames looked like a tunnel as they rolled under the freeway overpass. There were hundreds of spot fires everywhere - in the trees, on the freeway even way down Middlebelt to the north of the impact. The smell of kerosene (jet fuel) was so heavy in the air that you could actually taste it. . . . To my right maybe 50 yards or so was what looked like a large section of the fuselage. The intense fire made it hard to gawk at. To my left about 40 feet away was one of the occupied autos that were struck on the ground on impact. The stricken vehicle was round in appearance and was barely recognizable as an auto. Firemen were spraying water on it. . . . I could not believe what I was looking at. I just stood there stunned. I noticed a man and a woman standing nearby. They apparently lived in the house right on Middlebelt at Garner Rd. the closest house to impact. All this was literally just outside their front door. . . . I started to walk south on Middlebelt toward the plane wreckage thinking there was something I could do to help. The heat was intense. I remember stopping as I got closer I think I was afraid of what I might see. It had only been maybe twenty minutes after the crash and there were relatively few first responders on scene yet to help coordinate the area. It was chaos. The area was so big and spread out that a hundred emergency vehicle would have seemed inadequate. . . . The realization of what actually happened set in with all my senses. I remember wandering around the area for a while with local residents trying to figure out what we could do to help. We watched as fresh rescue crews arrived by the truckload. . . Realizing that my employers knew I was at the airport and knew nothing of my fate (remember, this was a time before cell phones) I decided to go. I arrived back in Taylor, MI sometime after 11:00 pm (usually a 5 minute ride from the airport). ALL the staff was there waiting for me. My clothes (and hair) smelled like burning jet fuel. They later told me how visibly shaken-up I looked. I wanted to go back to help somehow. . . . The days and weeks that followed were surreal to me. I was in my early 20s and did not have much in the way of coping skills back then. For weeks I could not sleep very well and every time I heard an airplane flying overhead I felt anxious. Now-a-days they call what I went through: Post Traumatic Syndrome . I am sure many other witnesses and first responders also went through this ordeal. . . . For years after the tragedy I went back to the intersection of Middlebelt and Wick Rd. I would pause and look at the pavement (before it was eventually resurfaced). On the road it was visible where one of the wings (or some part of the plane) made first contact with the ground and gouged the asphalt in a path. The train trestle that took the brunt of the initial impact remained in place with only slight damage to one edge of a concrete retaining wall. What always haunted me was the fact that I was on that spot a mere 20 minutes (or less) before the crash happened. . . . In the twenty five years since this tragedy every time I hear of any airplane disaster I glimpse back in my mind at the crash of 255 in August 1987. I can almost smell the raw jet fuel smell whenever I see a plane crash photo. You never think about a large disaster hitting so close to home or yourself being such an integral part of it. . . . My thoughts and especially prayers go out to Cecelia, the families, friends, first responders, and other witnesses of this tragic event. . . . My Christian faith has sustained me all my years and has given me the belief and knowledge that we will be reunited with all the souls lost that day and all our loved ones. . . . May God hold everyone touched by this tragedy in the palm of his loving hands until our voices are united in joy once again. .
Jeff S. <dd.jeff@hotmail.com>
Dearborn, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 14:54:31 (MDT)
Carolyn Cohen was my former sister-in-law. Her death on flight 255 rocked my family in many ways. I'd like to take this oportunity to express my sincerest condolences to her family in 2012, since I was not able to in 1987. Blessings to you all. I am most sorry for your grief.
Diane D'Angelo
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 14:12:20 (MDT)
Thinking of all the families affected by this tragedy today. On August 27, 2006, our family and 48 others lost loved ones in the crash of Comair 5191. We feel your pain.
Terry Welch <tmurroe@hotmail.com>
boston, MA USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 13:17:08 (MDT)
I am currently a Lt. @ Detroit Metro Airport Fire Dept and have been there 25 years and was working that day! God speed be with all of you and your loved ones! Brian LaPointe
Lt. Brian LaPointe <bri.lapoint@yahoo.com>
Brownstown, Mich USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 12:58:39 (MDT)
My thoughts are with all of the families who lost loved ones. I lost a good friend in Deanna Presti. RIP sweetness.
Greg Jepsen <greghjepsen@gmail.com>
Chandler, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 12:23:43 (MDT)
I think of Ben Turner often, and am remembering him today on this anniversary. We grew up singing and laughing together, and I will always remember his bright, beautiful smile.
Bridgette Hoskins Foord <lebonbon28@Gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 12:11:15 (MDT)
I was 7 years old at the time of this crash. We were living in Flat Rock at the time and heard the impact. While I never lost anyone in that crash, my heart still goes out to those that did. There is nothing that I can say to make it better, even 25 years later. But I am thinking of all of you and your loved ones that were lost on that terrible day.
Anne <redwinger2002@hotmail.com>
Westland, Michigan USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:28:42 (MDT)
I wish I could be at the vigil tonight so I can mourn along with all of you. Even though I wasn't even alive when the crash happened, it still has a special place in my heart. I will however be there in spirit as I think of you and your loved ones at 8:46 pm tonight. God bless those who perished, their loved ones, and Cecelia too. With love from the Jersey Shore may god bless you all.
Oakhurst, NJ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:20:08 (MDT)
I was a Police Officer that responded to this terrible event on the evening of August 16,1987. This will be etched in my soul until the day I die. May God bless you and bring you comfort.
Dave <Farmer95@comcast.net>
Northville, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:16:44 (MDT)
My sister and I were visiting with our grandparents when this happened. We were actually suppose to be on this flight coming home from Detroit but at the last minute my grandparent decided to take us to Cedar Point so we flew out of Cleveland instead. To think we were this close to being on that plane and possibly not here today is terrifying. My heart goes out to the families of those who did perish on that day.
Amy Lane <jamklane1@yahoo.com>
Chandler, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:16:33 (MDT)
I will never forget that day, as my wife Mary Scott and Sam Scott my son where on the plane. i was so happy to have them coming home from vacation, the house was in great shape and I wanted Mary to be able to rest when she got home. Sam has about a week before school was starting and the world was going to return to normal when they got home. Instead a call from my brother was a blow in my stomach and all I was doing was trying to get to Detroit because I wanted them to be alive. Tim Kenyon, Kim Cimino (Mary's older kids) and I took the late flight out of Phoenix to Kalamazoo to then go to Detroit, but it was not to be. I so miss them!
Floyd Scott <fscottc21@movephoenix.com>
Scottsdale, az
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 11:13:55 (MDT)
It's that time of year again. I was celebrating my 9th birthday and then it happened. There are no words for me to describe how it feels. Though I did not lose a love one in this tradgedy, I lost one about 5 years ago on this very date. The losses are similar, but the situations are the the same. I can only imagine how those who suffered this loss feel. I pray for your peace and comfort at this time. It is so hard not to wonder "Why", but call on God to aid and guide those feelings of pain, anger, and sadness. He will turn your tears to joy in knowing that all of your loved ones are home with the "Father".
Eboni L. Pittman <eboni_pittman@hotmail.com>
Dallas, TX USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:57:30 (MDT)
I was nine years old the day of NWA 255. I lived in Belleville, MI and was outside when it happened. I remember the whole day very well and seeing the Belleville Police speeding down my road in response to the crash. I can honestly say this incident got me more interested in aviation. I wanted to know why and what happened. I am a flight attendant and a certified flight instructor. Every August 16th I remember the anniversary. God bless everyone who we lost and the lone survivor.
Shanda Mullins <Shanda.mullins@yahoo.com>
Chandler, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:50:12 (MDT)
Hollins , Mike - We miss you very much your spirit is around me all the time. Every Year I visit the memorial in downtown phoenix which I will be there today. I havent connected with others in AZ for any events so not sure if there is any. However your spirit does live on! through us every day! God Bless to all who passed and all of you that continue to remember your loved ones!
Tracey <tschenhoff@cox.net>
Phoenix, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:45:54 (MDT)
In loving memory of my brother, Nick Vanos, and his girlfriend, Carolyn Cohen. You are forever in our hearts!
Amy Vanos Conaway <The4conaways@gmail.com>
Santa Clara, CA USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:39:12 (MDT)
Remembering my high school friends, Craig and Kimberly Hale. I think of you often, especially when traveling through Detroit. You will never be forgotten.
Kaye Diffin Leach <kleach@perkinscoie.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:24:00 (MDT)
Im now a flight attendant who lives one mile from the airport. I was entering the 12th grade when this happened, EVERY year on this day, I think about all of you who have lost your loved ones because of the crash. Continue to keep your memories alive of your loved ones. God Bless
Shanthi Young <sny928@aol.com>
Wayne, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:19:05 (MDT)
In loving memory of my two cousins Arlene Nelson(12) and Dorian Wallington(13), who both died in the crash. You are both missed and love....
Dana Brazelton <danabraze@yahoo.com>
Detroit, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 10:14:48 (MDT)
Many people not directly affected by this tragedy are mourning with you today. Wishing peace and hope for all the families and friends who will be remembering their loved ones this evening at 8:46pm. I am thinking of of all of you today and sending lots of love.
Jay <jdilly321@yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 09:14:44 (MDT)
My younger sister Janine Martin, died 25 years ago on flight 255. We miss her every day. Her humor and talent for dancing and drum playing was among the many things we all loved about her. There was seven girls in our close knit family and it has never felt the same to see only six girls in photos after she was gone. It's been many years and time does heal but we will never forget her. She would have been 53 years old and I often wonder what she would be like today. Most likely, still playing the drums and dancing. We will always love and miss you Janine!
Julie (Martin) Gordon <jagordon56@hotmail.com>
Sandy, Ut USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 08:53:11 (MDT)
My Grandma and Grandpa died on this day, 25 years ago. They were 2 of many that did. I miss them each and every day - they were very special. Grampa T and Grama Nel were everything to me as a child! I very much wish everyone touched by that devastating day and today, loving memories of those lost and pray that this day you find yourselves able to hold your head high with those fond memories. Yes, I'm crying as I write this, but I'm so proud to have had my Grampa T and Grama Nel in my life. I love you so very much and miss you terribly every day of my life. I only wish you could see all your great grandchildren, they ALL know you because we talk about you often! I love you Grandma and Grandpa Thommy !!! Your loving granddaughter, Karen
Karen Gates <k_gates4@yahoo.com>
Allegan, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 08:38:11 (MDT)
Remembering Gary Kimmel today. My first playmate and neighbor in Dixboro, Ann Arbor MI. Lived next door and started school together there. Played with his Tonka trucks in his sandbox, cought insects and frogs, played on the swings, shared lunches outside in the summer. I moved away after 1st grade but always thought of him as my first best friend. I didn't know he was on that plane the night my husband came home from work late(Ypsilanti Police Department)with the horrible news that he had transported an eye witness of the crash back to Metro where a task force was set up interviewing witnesses. He was never affected by anything in all the years on the force as he was by that crash site. Now thinking of the family members of those who were lost.
Stephanie Leach Basar <stephbasar@aol.com>
Howell, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 08:02:49 (MDT)
With deepest sympathy to those who suffered unimaginable loss 25 years ago. I keep a clipping of information about this tragedy on the bulletin board by my desk at home as a reminder of today. My children were orignally scheduled to be on that flight and the tickets were changed just a few weeks beforehand so that my daughter could attend her first ever church camp. I cannot imagine my life without them and feel deeply for those who lost loved ones in that crash. May God comfort you today. Life is precious and so fragile and we should treasure every day that we can spend with our family and friends. Nothing else matters in this life, no possession is more important than our relationship with others and with God.
June Fessenden <jsfessenden@gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 07:52:42 (MDT)
I was working as a FA on another airline on the night of August 16, 1987. We were scheduled to depart DTW about 9:30 that night. Since that tragic crash I've often thought of the little girl who survived and kept the victims in my thoughts. Our crew was working an international trip and one of our stops was at Notre Dame Cathedral where our entire crew went in and lit a candle and said our silent prayers in memory of those who lost their lives. It's hard to believe it's been 25 years. My thought and prayers go out to the family members and friends of all on NW255.
Toledo, OH USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 07:36:30 (MDT)
It's unbelievable it has been 25 years--1/4 of a century. I was only 6 years old when my mother and sister died. I remember vividly waking up at 7 am in my dad's room. There must've been 50 family members in our house. Everyone was sad and looking at me when they told me they were dead. I told them I knew. I don't know why I was so comforted. I don't remember what I dreamt about. But something comfo rted me all night. It was a bizzare feeling, considering I would cry everyone my mom would leave for only a few minutes. It took me 20 years, until my late 20s to finally comprehend what happened. I feel like they never left, because someone must've been watching over me. I never feel alone; although it's sometimes uneasy. I miss my mother and sister, and they would be proud of their granddaughter. Love you always mom (Susie Cody) and sister (Jennifer Cody) Jeffrey Cody
jeffrey cody <codebunch@yahoo.com>
mesa, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2012 at 04:13:26 (MDT)
I never wanted to be part of the media circus, but at the 25 year mark need to send my thoughts, prayers and respect on to all. I was part of the flight team who walked the long length of the disaster site... and well remember foam, downed wires, burning dolls and the smell of burning flesh. It will be with me always... I flew Cecelia in from Annapolis to the U of M and will be ever thankful for her survival. One blessing out of the tears of many. Deb Stoll Past Flight Nurse, U of M Survival Flight
Deborah Stoll <dlstoll@umich.edu>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 22:57:36 (MDT)
25 years later...and I remember.Less than 4 blocks away and arrived minutes after impact...cannot put the scene into words but today,I still remember.
Kp Spehar <detroitwolfdude@yahoo.com>
Dbn. Hts., Mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 21:24:49 (MDT)
My brother, William Acker, was on Flight 255. He was in NY to attend our parent's "surprise" 40th anniversary celebration. His return trip was to have been through Chicago, but at the last minute he changed his reservations to travel through Detroit. Our family had such a wonderful time together during his visit. It is so hard to believe that it has been 25 years since we lost our loved ones. Our special memories of all of them will be in our hearts forever. Although I am unable to attend the memorial service on "The Hill" Thursday evening, all the other family members will be in my thoughts and prayers. Special love and hugs to Cecelia. And ... thank you Joe LaRosa for remembering Bill. He would be pleased.
Mary Lou (Acker) Tabolt <Rorimeister@aol.com>
LaFargeville, NY USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 20:14:13 (MDT)
I live in Taylor and was in California at the time of the crash I was devastated to see that so many people passed away in such a tragic way. My prayers and thoughts are with the families and all the family members and friends lost in the crash. May God Bless all of you.
Raymond Kania <rfkania@wowway.com>
Taylor, Mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 19:38:52 (MDT)
I will never forget this day, then going back to school and learning that i had lost my best friend Megan Briggs and her family on that flight on their way home to visit for the summer before coming back to Michigan were they resided. We were only 8yrs old at that time and believe it or not i think about Megan ALL the time. I wonder how she would have been because as a kid she was a awesome friend, i miss and love you Megan may you and your family rest in peace. Thank you for this page.
JOVONA PHILLIPS <jovonaw@gmail.com>
Ypsilanti, mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 19:21:35 (MDT)
Thinking of all the families and remembering our dear friend Glenn Haas, you are forever in our hearts. RIP your Roller World friends n family..
Kathy Johnson <Elbravo05@aol.com>
Apache Junction, Az USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 19:11:41 (MDT)
I just wanted to say my heart goes out to all of those that perished the evening of August 16, 1987 along with their families & friends. You are gone, but not forgotten .. . We keep you in our thoughts & prayers. May peace be with you all .. .
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 18:43:05 (MDT)
Hello Dan and Mr. Mickelson. Not a day has gone by these many years that I haven't prayed for you, your father, and the others of this tragic loss. You were a good friend, and the first new friend I made at Chaparral High School in 1983 upon graduating from Cocopah elementary. I will always remember that last time I saw you in late July 1987 with your sister at Paradise Valley Mall. You will be forever 18 in my memory as I get older. I hope your family is doing well. I know that one day we will be united in the Kingdom of God and will be 18 years old once again. God Bless you, your father, and the others. Your friend, Robert Morawiec Chaparral High School, Class of 1987
Robert Morawiec <rmorawiec@msn.com>
Paradise Valley, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 18:28:31 (MDT)
Posie (Rosemarie) & the Geiger's - It's hard to believe it's been 25 years ago since we lost them (Ron, Val, Lisa & Lauren) - I really miss them. I know it's been so hard for you all - always knowing something is missing in your life. I have wonderful memories of them and going thru my Mom's things, I found a card that Ron & Val sent 10 days before the crash thanking us for the trip to the cabin. I know how much they enjoyed riding the ATV's & hiking. I think often what they'd be doing. . the girls would be grown up with their own families. Nothing can be said about the loss, but having faith and knowing they're in good hands, makes it a little easier. They live in our hearts and I know you feel them watching over you. They are truly your guardian angels. . . I miss everything about them especially how much they loved each other and how much they loved you all. Love & Miss the Geiger's - all of you!!
Nan <deanna.brewer@avnet.com>
Goodyear, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 17:19:08 (MDT)
Posie (Rosemarie) & the Geiger's - It's hard to believe it's been 25 years ago since we lost them (Ron, Val, Lisa & Lauren) - I really miss them. I know it's been so hard for you all - always knowing something is missing in your life. I have wonderful memories of them and going thru my Mom's things, I found a card that Ron & Val sent 10 days before the crash thanking us for the trip to the cabin. I know how much they enjoyed riding the ATV's & hiking. I think often what they'd be doing. . the girls would be grown up with their own families. Nothing can be said about the loss, but having faith and knowing they're in good hands, makes it a little easier. They live in our hearts and I know you feel them watching over you. They are truly your guardian angels. . . I miss everything about them especially how much they loved each other and how much they loved you all. Love & Miss the Geiger's - all of you!!
Nan <deanna.brewer@avnet.com>
Goodyear, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 17:18:59 (MDT)
Posie (Rosemarie) & the Geiger's - It's hard to believe it's been 25 years ago since we lost them (Ron, Val, Lisa & Lauren) - I really miss them. I know it's been so hard for you all - always knowing something is missing in your life. I have wonderful memories of them and going thru my Mom's things, I found a card that Ron & Val sent 10 days before the crash thanking us for the trip to the cabin. I know how much they enjoyed riding the ATV's & hiking. I think often what they'd be doing. . the girls would be grown up with their own families. Nothing can be said about the loss, but having faith and knowing they're in good hands, makes it a little easier. They live in our hearts and I know you feel them watching over you. They are truly your guardian angels. . . I miss everything about them especially how much they loved each other and how much they loved you all. Love & Miss the Geiger's - all of you!!
Nan <deanna.brewer@avnet.com>
Goodyear, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 17:17:39 (MDT)
It was a day like 9/11. No one will ever forget that day nor where they were when it happened. God bless the famlies, God Bless Cecelia, God Bless the first responders.
Rhonnie Evans <Rhonda500@msn.com>
Plymouth , MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 15:57:55 (MDT)
Remembering my good friend, Bill Acker. I still think about the many good times we had exploring Arizona. Both being from back East. Gone, but not forgotten.
Joe LaRosa <jmlrosa@msn.com>
Tempe, Az USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 15:45:00 (MDT)
I was only 12 years old when this tragic event happened...but seeing the pictures of it so much in the news the past week brings back so many memories of watching it back then as a child and not completely understanding it entirely. Today, as an adult, I would like to send my thoughts and prayers to all of the 155 families who had a loved one taken from them that day. It breaks my heart when I pass the marker on the side of 94 and Middlebelt to think of all the lives lost that day. God Bless.
Kara Scobie <kara.gene75@yahoo.com>
Warren, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 15:43:40 (MDT)
i am very sorry about this horrible tragedy i think of it all the time i will think of all those whose lives were lost pray for them and for their families
Jim Ditton
Dearborn Heights, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 15:38:46 (MDT)
Auntie Cathie...finally building the courage to visit the site after all these years. I drive by the site weekly for work and I think this will be the year. What a sad loss. You are missed.
nephew <steelwings66@comcast.net>
, mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 15:00:21 (MDT)
Remembering Pamela Sparks-Shaffer
Joseph Buckley <spencer133@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 13:26:48 (MDT)
My heart goes out to Betty Polec. It has been 25 yrs and I will never forget that day she lost her daughter and son-in-law in the crash. I work at State Farm Insurance and her family had insurance at our office. Always enjoyed speaking with Betty. When I heard the news of her loss I was deeply saddened and will forever remember that day...that hit so close to home. You are always in my thoughts and prayers...God Bless you Betty and all the families who lost loved ones.
Maria <antonell39@yahoo.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 11:50:51 (MDT)
My heart goes out to all affected by this tragedy and to those who lost loved ones.
Shawn MacDonald <nrthrnbts@gmail.com>
Cochrane , Canada
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 09:57:42 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Paula Cichan. You would have been 58 today. Your daughter is doing wonderfully and I'm sure you, Michael and David are very proud of her!! The Lumpkins did a fine job of raising her.
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 09:33:42 (MDT)
Miss you more than ever Debbie.
Maureen O'Connell <Mcbethoco@aol.com>
Pocomoke, Md USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 09:05:58 (MDT)
Remembering Terry Misener, and the other souls and their families, as another anniversary approaches.
Melissa G <melygdwn@gmail.com>
Austin, tx USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 08:13:21 (MDT)
I was scheduled to fly Fl# 255 on that day however two weeks earlier my friend asked me to change it. I was able to get a last minute seat on my return 1 Sunday before on the same Fl# 255 . The plane that crashed was the same plane. I thank my friend in Detroit for calling me to change my plans last minute to visit Detroit sooner and now I'm here to still talk about it ..
Stephen <stevonaz@aol.com>
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 07:17:28 (MDT)
Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Each and Everyone of You... That Day, Today, Tomorrow N Every Day...Until that Day that You can once Again Be With Your Loved Ones... So Horrified to Hear those reports coming in when IT happened... We lived in the area at the time...Always watchin' as planes went over head...as they were so low..."coming in for their landing or taking off"...When that happened WE were Always MORE concerned, of course, Prayin' there would NEVER be another such accident as that..EVER again! SO DEVASTATED for ALL who had lost their life that day and their families for what they were about to endure...the pictures of that wreckage WILL forever be a picture IN Our Minds forever and ever... To HEAR that there was "a four year old child who was alive" forever...LIVES ON AS THE "MIRACLE OF FLIGHT 255" and a BLESSING TO REMEMBER...ALWAYS...PRAYED THAT "CECELIA" WOULD HAVE A GOOD LIFE DESPITE ALL THOSE HORRIBLE CIRCUMSTANCES... To SEE YOU, Today...WE THANK YOU...for having the Courage To Come Forward...so WE Can ONCE again...SEE Your BEAUTIFUL FACE... GOD BLESS YOU YOUNG LADY...AND IN ALL YOU DO AND CONTINUE TO DO IN THIS LIFETIME! A MEMORY OUR FAMILY WILL NEVER FORGET..is YOU...and that BEAUTIFUL BOW IN YOUR HAIR... To ALL Families Who Lost their LOVED ONES that Day... You WILL Forever be On Our Prayer List...As Well.. MAY...Your BEAUTIFUL Memories Of Your LOVED ONES...Continue to carry You through the ALL the Days of Your Lives...As they have...These "25 Years Later"...We Pray! For Sure and Certainty Would LOVE to Join With You... This Thursday...August 16th, 2012...Will TRY Our Best to BE There... Until Then...Please feel Our Expressions of Love...and Hugs through this Internet Site...WE HOPE N PRAY... WE ALL STAND BEHIND YOU...AND WILL HOLD YOU UP THROUGH PRAYER...WITHOUT A DOUBT... GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU/US ONE AND ALL
The S J McConnell Families <mickeyshouse12@msn.com>
Howell, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2012 at 04:27:02 (MDT)
My heart goes out to the Zanger family. I cannot imagine the pain you endured that night and all the days following. Stay strong and know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jill Edelbrock <jilledelbrock@gmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 22:12:11 (MDT)
It was a wonderful summer..my parents were visiting me from the east coast and we were having a wonderful time together. Then, we were watching television when we saw the news about the crash. A few hours later, we received the dreaded phone call that my Aunt Mary may have been on that flight. Although the manifest could not be confirmed until the next day, no one had heard from her since. Aunt Mary was flying out to Arizona to care for the birth of her grandson. It a huge loss to my Uncle Chet and the entire family. Everyone loved Mary. She held a special place in all our hearts. Rest in peace, Aunt Mary. Your memory still lives on...
Laurie Kruhoeffer <laurieak@mchsi.com>
Tonka Bay, MN USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 20:21:43 (MDT)
Remembering all those lost 25 years ago, the holes left in their families tapestries. Remembering especially Deanna Presti, our cousin Frank and Jean's beloved daughter. God's blessings to all of these families.
Leigh G Presti <L.presti@gmail.com>
Doylestown, PA USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 18:00:38 (MDT)
I am a former NWA Flt. ATT. We were approaching to land when it occured. We diverted to Saginaw and waited for them to re-open the runways. It was still burning when we landed and I will never forget that day as long as I live. Rest in peace Pam Schaffer, John Maus and all who soar with eagles. My prayers to the families and friends.
Lynette Lindstrom <lklind1960@msn.com>
Peoria, AZ USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 14:49:54 (MDT)
Jan and Tony Bagnato visited me in Massachusetts that weekend and left my home to return to Arizona on Sunday afternoon via Boston to Detroit to Arizona. Tony thought Detroit would be less crowded than going through Chicago. As they left, Tony said "Are you ready?" to Jan and she replied "I'm with you Babe". That evening I turned on tv and heard there had been an airline crash. Then, they announced in Detroit, and then, a Northwest flight to Arizona. My heart and body came unglued. I lost my two very best friends. I know they are with Jesus and our Lord. Their daughter's wedding was to be Labor Day weekend and their older son had recently married, and their younger son was in college. I still miss them, their wedding anniversary and birthdays still in my memory. I have the gifts that they gave me during our friendship. They are gone but will never be forgotten. Betty Stevenson 8/14/2012.
Betty Stevenson Falkenberg <blfref1@Embarqmail.com>
Punta Gorda, Fl USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:54:03 (MDT)
I flew from Toledo to Detroit this day with a beautiful young 16 yr old girl, Hidi Ratliff. She was dressed in white and had a bright smile. Although when we both boarded the Detroit bound plane she was crying. I (being 25 at the time felt I should take her under my wing)started talking to her, and found she was upset over leaving her Dad with whom she had spent part of her summer vacation.I was also leaving my family I told her to return to Wisconsin, and that I'd flown in to visit my mom in the hospital. She told me that her parents where divorced and although she was excited about going home to see her friends and Mom (and cheerleading something if I remember), it was always hard to leave. We talked through the entire flight to Detroit and during our layover at Detroit airport. I told her of my desire to travel to California, my recent trips and she told me about her school and home. We even exchanged information at then end of our time when our flights started to be called, with the promise that if I got to Cali I would contact her. It turns out I was the last person to speak to Hidi, and this blessing and burden are still in my memory. What a bright candle to be extinguished so young, as with so many on this plane. I want the families to know that others, people you may not have known, are still remembering all those lost and suffering from Flight 255. I remember them.
Joan Beaudry Koebel <joankoebel@hotmail.com>
Columbus, OH USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 11:44:39 (MDT)
I will not be able to attend the memorial but I will be with all of you in spirit. My brother and his wife were on the flight, which was a business trip with a side trip to Niagra Falls for the honeymoon they did not have. They had married in October the year before. They were very active in their church, my brother in the choir, so I know they went together to the Lord. I thank Tony Zangor, who I am sure fielded emails from others like me seeking information, and any others who have put much time, effort and love into the memorial and these events, for which others benefited. I am sure everyone greatly appreciates all you have done. God bless you all.
Pamela Lee (Zell) <a1035gal@usacops.com>
Apple Valley, CA USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 10:50:31 (MDT)
I was working at the GM Proving Ground Truck & Bus in Milford, Michigan at the time. My coworkers, technicians Ken Bell and Gary Kimmel were on this flight. I have never forgotten about them and remember vividly how gut wrenching it was to meet their families at their funeral. I will remember them always.
Lola Bernstein <lolacbern@yahoo.com>
Farmington Hills, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 09:28:01 (MDT)
I flew alone for the first time from Detroit Metro to West Palm to visit grandparents in Florida. I was 14 that year. The day after I arrived, the tragedy of Flight 255 happened. I was so scared and shaken. I was consumed watching it all on tv with my grandparents. I still think about those people everyday. God bless each of the friends and families of this awful tragedy.
kelly <hawleybrown@yahoo.com>
milwaukee, wi USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2012 at 06:46:56 (MDT)
It is so hard to believe it has been 25 years since we lost our beautiful, fun, amazing and loving sister, Janine Martin. We miss her every day! I was pregnant with my eldest daughter who consequently has Janine's hands. It was by far the hardest time we have ever had to endure in this life. I love all the wonderful memories I have of Janine and our short time together here on earth. We will see her again. In the meantime she is most likely laughing and dancing with our beautitul mother in heaven! RIP sister! I love you!
Renee Chambers <rd.chambers@hotmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 20:14:50 (MDT)
Remembering a beautiful, sweet boy, Justin Keener with love. My heartfelt prayers go out to his mother, Robin. XO
Debbie Keener <keenerdeb@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 19:03:42 (MDT)
Thinking and remembering Vanessa Ollenbach Young. You are missed and will always be remember. Hard to believe it has been almost 25 years ago.
Linda Hoefner <LAHoefner@aol.com>
Waddell, AZ USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 18:40:06 (MDT)
I feel my own special attachment to this tragedy. I lived in Michigan with my father at the time and my mother lived in Arizona. My mother had purchased me a ticket to fly out to visit her, and that ticket was for flight 255. When we arrived to Detroit metro airport they advised us that the plane was to full for me to fly, so the airline put me on the next flight out. I get chills every time I hear about this devistating crash. Peace be with you all
Shawn Zeman <Nookiez1@msn.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 18:38:57 (MDT)
I still remember and think of my friend Deanna Presti often. May you rest in peace!
Brent Thomas <wbthomas1@yahoo.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 13:23:41 (MDT)
I remember that day..I was 14 years old, living in South Dbn. Hts at the time. I was sitting in my basement and had this odd feeling come over me. I went upstairs, out the back door of my parents house and stood on the picnic table just looking at the sky...I remember doing this like it was yesterday. I went back in the house and back to watching tv and remember the news channel coming on with breaking coverage. I was so sad..Our house was only about 15 minutes from DTW. My prayers are with all those who lost someone they loved on that day. I have seen the memorial site from the road, but have not yet brought myself to go to the actual site. Just know to the family and friends that your loved ones are not nor will ever be forgotten.
Jennifer Gallant <JusticeTrooper524@yahoo.com>
Dearborn Heights, MI USA
- Monday, August 13, 2012 at 07:20:11 (MDT)
On August 14, 1987 my husband(now ex) and I attended a friend's wedding which we met a young, tall handsome man named Scott Hines. His girlfriend was the bride's sister. On August 15th family and close friends were invited to the bride and groom's house for an after-glow party and opening of the presents. At the time I had two small children, so I sat on the living room floor most of the time and at some point Scott sat down on the couch. He seemed to like children, even playing with some of the toys and suggested he should buy this Disney "movie camera" for his niece or nephew (too long ago to remember that detail). I remember him being a true gentleman, and he and his girlfriend seemed very happy together. She was suppose to fly out with him on Flight 255, but decided at the last minute to stay and visit with her sister a little longer. All these years, and still often I think of Scott, a young man I barely knew but left a profound impression on me. For some reason, I don't know exactly why, I knew he wasn't 'of this world', something more, something special. To Scott's family, may God cradle the sorrow of your loss. With my deepest sympathy. Jeanette
Jeanette <jeanetteq65@yahoo.com>
Royal Oak, MI USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 23:27:19 (MDT)
I was living in Monroe at the time of the Flight 255 tragedy. I was with a group of friends watching something on TV that afternoon when the broadcast was interrupted to report on the tragedy. We were all saddened just to know this had happened nearby at Detroit Metro Airport. By the next day the Monroe community was learning that a young local couple, Michael Zanger and Hollins Langton were passengers on Flight 255. Michael and Hollins grew up in Monroe, had taken jobs in Phoenix and were engaged to be married. They were home visiting with family and friends in Monroe on the occasion of a wedding shower thrown in their honor. I did not know Michael or Hollins personally, but was acquainted with some of their relatives and friends. The entire community took the news very hard. I don't think I will ever forget that day. Every August I think about and pray for healing for the families who are still missing their loved ones. Peace and prayers to all of you.
Maureen Carter <mgcarter31@ameritech.net>
Grosse Pointe Woods, MI USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 22:23:02 (MDT)
25 years ago a very special friend and his family lost a son and brother on this crash...My heart goes out to them where ever they may be. RIP Glenn Haas
Patti Brandenburg <patriciabrandenbur@att.net>
South Lyon, Mi USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 21:54:17 (MDT)
I will never forget that day. I was a newlywed living in East Dearborn, my husband & I were in our living room with the windows open and heard the crash. We had no idea what was going on, but heard many sirens, turned on the news and we were horrified to hear of the loss of so many loved ones. The news coverage was all we watched for many days as we prayed for the families and little Cecilia. Blessings to you all as your remember your loved ones...may God hold you in the palm of his hand.
Elizabeth <Elizabethdnelson@comcast.net>
Shelby Twp, MI USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 21:52:02 (MDT)
Additional information can be found on facebook at "Flight 255 Family". Go to "events" and you can see what is planned so far.
Mary Ratliff
- Sunday, August 12, 2012 at 21:10:47 (MDT)
I was 7, on our way to a friends house when the plane crashed right in front of us. We were scared and at the time I knew exactly what happened. And even though we were stuck on middlebelt for 6 or so hours I don't think we would have let even if we could. I still remember the sound....wow....God Bless all the families that were effected....
Kristi B
Detroit, mi USA
- Saturday, August 11, 2012 at 02:05:01 (MDT)
For the family of Justin Keener. robin, I have thought about justin alot over the last couple years. I wonder how you as well as all the families are getting thru this tragedy and always prayed id never have to go thru this sort of thing. march of 2007 changed that for me when my daughter was suddenly taken from this world. I remember you sending me the articles of the crash and pictures of justins baby sister and I just hope everyone is doing well. i also remember justin riding his bike up and down the street past our houses. he was always smiling and so friendly to everyone. in his brief time here he left behind one heck of a impression on many peoples lives
pamela kearney <maxxumm@yahoo.com>
phoenix, az USA
- Friday, August 10, 2012 at 06:24:58 (MDT)
One week from today, we will observe the 25th Anniversary of the crash of N.W. Flight 255. Our Memorial Vigil will be held in the evening at 8:46 p.m., the time the crash occurred at the Memorial Site (Middlebelt and I-94 roads in Romulus, MI). Family and friends will begin gathering around 7:30 p.m. If attending, please remember to bring a flashlight, insect repellent, a small photograph of your loved one(s) and a lawn chair, if you wish. When walking to the site, please use caution, as it is on a very busy roadway. Join us as "We Remember" all 156 loved ones who died in that horrible crash 25 years ago.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, August 09, 2012 at 11:40:22 (MDT)
I served in the US Air Force with Charles and Karen Englert at Davis-Monthan AFB. We were good friends and my Wife babysat Charles Jr. The week before the accident, my Wife and I house sat for them while the 3 of them enjoy a vacation visiting family back east. Early on the evening of August 16th, Karen s Father called us and told us about the accident, but He was not sure if that was there flight. We found the flight schedule in the house and it had flight 255 on it. We went to the Airport to pickup the Englerts as planned. While we waited I called Northwest and told them that my Wife and Karen where Sisters. They told us that they where on the flight. We still did not believe it, and waited for the flight to land in Tucson. They did not get off the flight. The local news was all over the airport. Later, we where told by other co-workers that they saw us on the news. I called my boss and told him about the accident. We spent one last night at Charles and Karen s home but did not get much sleep. My Wife and I just cried. The next morning I had to turn the Keys for the house over to the Air Force. We had a memorial for the Englert s on base. I was so numb I don t remember any thing. Later that week, I went to the Airport with the Air Force Officer assigned to the case to pick up Charles and Karen s Parents. They came to pack up all there possessions. Karen s Parents gave me Karen s Little Playmate cooler that Karen brought lunch to work in. I take that cooler to work with me every day. My tour in the Air Force was over in 2 month which I spent in a cloud. Charles, Karen and Charles Jr. where co-workers, friends and my Wife s employer. I still have the same feeling about the lose as I did 25 years ago. They are dearly missed. God Bless you All!!!!
Christopher Chvala <praises777@comcast.net>
Oakdale, MN USA
- Tuesday, August 07, 2012 at 15:10:13 (MDT)
As promised, here is the lodging information for the 25th Anniversary Memorial Observance: There is a block of rooms for anyone who is planning on attending from out-of-town at the Americas Best Value Inn. The rate is $49.95/night + tax and is good for rooms with either one queen bed, 2 queen beds or a King bed room. All rooms come with a refrigerator and microwave. The number is: 1-800-937-0005. When calling, please mention that you are booking with the "N.W. 255 Family Group" to receive our special rate. The hospitality/meeting room will be available on both August 15th and 16th for our use. If you have any further questions, please send me an email! Tony Zanger
255 Support Group
- Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 14:17:26 (MDT)
Hi Everyone, My family is missing our beloved parents every day. Douglas and Nel Thompson are always in our hearts.
Susie Baker Ashraf <sashraf_48@yahoo.com>
Allegan, mi USA
- Sunday, August 05, 2012 at 09:01:02 (MDT)
Hello I wanted to send my prayers & love to all of the other family members of the loved ones that we lost on that terrible night of Aug,16 th 25 years ago. I am the mother of Ron Geiger mother- in - law of Valerie Geiger And grandmother of Lisa. & Lauren Geiger who lost their lives that horrible night that changed my families lives. Forever. With Gods help& the faith my family have& especially the love & support of friends & family we have all come thru that tragedy stronger & more compassionate human beings. My family is having a memorial picnic in sun lakes Sisk park on Aug 16 th for friends & family of Ron& Val & Lisa & Lauren, I would love to talk to you & share memories of my beloved family whom we will never forget &;I know We will be seeing again in a better place, Thank you Lord for giving them to me, even tho it was a very short time,they were an awesome loving family, Rosemarie Geiger Testa. God Bless all of you who are having the reunion in Detroit,
Rosemarie McGrath Geiger/testa
Sun Lakes, Az USA
- Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 23:43:00 (MDT)
I was a five year old girl living in Taylor, Mich when this terrible crash occurred. I can still remember the sound it made and the smoke in the sky. Though I didn't know anyone who lost their life that day I can still remember feeling such a loss. I will never forget this moment in time and will tell my children the story of the miracle survivor.
jen <jenniferdcolson@gmail.com>
indianapolis , in USA
- Saturday, August 04, 2012 at 07:52:45 (MDT)
My thoughts are with you all as this anniversary date approaches. I wish I could attend and renew friendships I made through that terrible period of time when we mourned together, but I am currently living overseas.
Exec. Lt. David Early (ret) Romulus Police Dept. <dave@daearly.com>
Chiang Mai, Thailand
- Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 21:51:39 (MDT)
Looking forward to seeing all of you again.
john <ff4126@aol.com>
mi USA
- Monday, July 30, 2012 at 21:08:36 (MDT)
I want to ahead of time thank Tony and anyone else that has helped organize the 25th. Anniversary of the crash of our BELOVED Flight 255. I would also like to welcome our new family member's that are coming for the first time:) See you soon. My sister was Lt. Christine Hoffman 23 years old.
aimee hoffman-moore <chrissysway255@aol.com>
erie, pa USA
- Saturday, July 28, 2012 at 15:35:28 (MDT)
Just a reminder that we are three weeks away from the 25th Anniversary of the crash of N.W. Flight 255; a day many of us will NEVER forget. We are in the final preparations for this year's observance. Thank you for your response thus far. There are several family members who are planning on or who are considering attending this year who have not previously attended. If you need further information, feel free to send me an email. Whether you are able or unable to attend, please know that your loved one(s) will be remembered.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, July 27, 2012 at 19:53:53 (MDT)
If Steve Brosnan's family reads this, I hope they contact me. I have the cutest memory of him. I think (and cry) about him often. Sincerely, Maureen (Hannan) Denike himaureen@aol.com
Maureen (Hannan) Denike <himaureen@aol.com>
San Jose, CA USA
- Thursday, July 26, 2012 at 00:39:41 (MDT)
Josh <Jzs20@yahoo.com>
Philadelphia, Pa USA
- Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 20:04:54 (MDT)
Anyone interested in attending the Memorial Vigil this year, please see additional information reguarding hotel on Face Book under Flight 255 Family
Mary Ann <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 17:49:00 (MDT)
So sad years later. I'm planning a visit to the Memorial on 16 August 2012. 25 years later.
Anderson, IN USA
- Saturday, July 21, 2012 at 12:17:50 (MDT)
I just saw a documentary on Smithsonian Channel about this horrible accident. My good friend lost her 15 year-old little sister, DeAnna, who was traveling home that day. Seeing this again after 25 years is just as painful as it was then. Blessings to all who left us that day and to those they left behind.
Tom Anderson <phxta@juno.com>
Keller, TX USA
- Monday, July 16, 2012 at 19:49:00 (MDT)
My sincere thoughts and prayers to the families of the loved ones that were lost on this flight!
Sherry Weinstein <sawnurse@comcast.net>
Hillsboro, NH USA
- Sunday, July 15, 2012 at 18:35:08 (MDT)
Just wanted to express condolences as the 25th anniversary approaches
Rick Kelly <rickkell@gmail.com>
- Friday, July 13, 2012 at 14:53:32 (MDT)
I can't believe it has been 25 years! I lived in Troy at that time and was 16. I had just come out of Karate Kid II with my parents and was "shushed" in the car so we could all hear the devastating news. So interested in hearing from Cecelia in the upcoming movie.
Elaine Urrutia
Grand Rapids, MI USA
- Thursday, July 12, 2012 at 09:36:22 (MDT)
Just want to thank tony peters for reaching out to me about the the lose of our friend GEORGE AMIBILE,Jamie son its been many years,since I lost my friend I think talking to tony help me relieve alot pain thank you man!!
David Nielsen <lpdave13@gmail.com>
phoenix, az USA
- Friday, July 06, 2012 at 09:50:11 (MDT)
Just recently I remembered that it was 25 years ago this summer and found this site tonight. Len Weite was my manager's boss in Systems Management at the Operations Center of The Arizona Bank (my last name was Kenney then). I managed the technical writing group. Len was just a great guy--everyone loved him who worked for him and around him. I had recently talked to him about my goals, taking some additional classes (I was a single mom and time and money were tight); he was very kind and caring, and had a great sense of humor. That accident took so many great people. I certainly have never forgotten that day. And I haven't forgotten Len--I don't remember his wife's name but I remember that he adored her and his family.
Peggy Darnell <pmdarnell@cox.net>
Tempe, AZ USA
- Monday, June 25, 2012 at 22:22:04 (MDT)
Details on the 'Sole Survivor' film can be found here: http://www.solesurvivorfilm.com/. The trailer for the film is here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXBq0LPeFiI
Andy <kilroy104@comcast.net>
Davison, MI USA
- Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 14:22:25 (MDT)
Hello everyone! The 25 year anniversary is about two months away and its hard to believe it has been this long. I remember this tragedy like it was yesterday as a matter of fact myself and my family were right there on middlebelt and wick road at 8:45pm a day before the 16th of August. We were watching planes come and go plus i was very fascinated with airplanes and someday wanted to become a pilot. If my mom had decided to go shopping on the 16th instead of the 15th we would have witnessed the tragedy. I've always have held this tragedy close to me for a lot of years and everytime i visit Metro Airport i think of flight 255 and all the people who lost their lives due to pilot error by two highly experienced pilots, a total of 41 years of flying experience between the captain and co-pilot. They simply got careless and distracted and never set the wing flaps and slats or did the taxi checklist. I may attend the memorial to talk and meet some wonderful people who lives have changed due to two pilots who ignored the basics of cockpit management (CRM). Take care everyone.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Monday, June 18, 2012 at 17:09:32 (MDT)
I went to school with Lisa Polec and Larry. Unfortunately I remember that day, I went to the memorial service on the hill but still can't believe it is 25 years. I hope all the families are doing well <3
Debbi Domanski (Menrath) <dmenrath@comcast.net>
Clinton Township, MI - Michigan USA
- Sunday, June 17, 2012 at 20:49:28 (MDT)
My daughter told me that she saw a news segment on an upcoming documentary, or movie called "Sole Survivor" about Cecelia Chihan. Also, that Cecelia was interviewed. Does anyone know when this might be broadcast? Like many people, I have thought about her many times over the past 25 years.
paul schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
Canton, Mi USA
- Tuesday, June 12, 2012 at 06:58:19 (MDT)
After hearing about the upcoming 25th anniversary of the plane crash on our local news, my mind went back to that date. I remember returning home from a day at the local metro park off of I-275 with my girls, a 13 year old and 4 year old twins, and realizing what had just happened. On our way home to Detroit, we had to drive East on I-94 between Merriman and Middlebelt, before the freeway was closed. When I realized what had happened I immediately began praying for the passengers. Since that date, everytime I pass that area I remember and I pray for the passengers and their families. I know that it doesn't get easier, but please know that others are praying to God for your comfort, strength and peace.
Carol Griffin <loracgriffin@hotmail.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Monday, June 11, 2012 at 22:38:03 (MDT)
I haven't spoke to anyone since the crash. We were on Wick rd (service drive) coming from the airport. We were stopped at the red light and then continued SB on Middlebelt. There was a lot of traffic. I remember a jeep behind us. I was watching a plane taking off, which was flight 255. It was around 8:44, we were running late for a movie. I remember seeing the plane lifting off the ground, saying to myself I wish I could take a vacation. I have no doubt that the people behind us on Wick rd were involved in the accident. I didn't find out until early the next morning what happened when they were asking for body bags from where I work. I just started shaking, my friend called and I wondered if we should call someone, we saw the plane take off. He said no, he didn't know what info we could give anyone. I'm so sorry for everyone involved.
R Graski <rraven94@comcast.net>
White Lake, mi USA
- Monday, June 11, 2012 at 06:30:42 (MDT)
Just want to express sympathy for the loss as we approach the 25th anniversary - think about it every day at least once (want to keep the comment simple)
Rick Kelly <rickkell@gmail.com>
Ne York, NY USA
- Sunday, June 03, 2012 at 19:10:28 (MDT)
We also invite any family member who attends the annual memorial vigil on the evening of August 16th to bring a 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 framed photo of their loved one(s)and place them around our memorial monument. This would help add a "face" to the "name". If you are unable to attend, but would like to have a photo placed at the memorial, you are welcome to email me and I'll provide information on how you can send one for us to place it there for you.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Moneow, MI USA
- Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 20:58:25 (MDT)
As promised, here is the lodging information for the 25th Anniversary Memorial Observance: There is a block of rooms for anyone who is planning on attending from out-of-town at the Americas Best Value Inn. The rate is $49.95/night + tax and is good for rooms with either one queen bed, 2 queen beds or a King bed room. All rooms come with a refrigerator and microwave. The number is: 1-800-937-0005. When calling, please mention that you are booking with the "N.W. 255 Family Group" to receive our special rate. The hospitality/meeting room will be available on both August 15th and 16th for our use. If you have any further questions, please send me an email!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, May 18, 2012 at 19:47:48 (MDT)
Twenty five years....hard to believe. Seems like yesterday. My husband worked for the road commission at the time and I remember him being gone for almost a week. They slept in their trucks for a few hours here and there. County workers always seem to get a bad rap, but the people who cleaned up after the crash were changed forever. A lot like the first responders. We have been to a couple of the rememberance gatherings and have always been welcomed with open arms. We hope to be there in August. May the souls of your loved ones always rest in peace.
Cindy <Craigsrcool@msn.com>
Brownstown, MI USA
- Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at 22:34:05 (MDT)
Since this is a "big deal" year for us "25", Tony is checking on hotels near the Memorial, which we can get a hospitality room, meet up, perhaps even the day before "15" and all stay in the hotel, so we can spend more time with each other. If some others are willing to stay the 15th and 16th at the hotel, I will do the same, so we can go back after the 25th Memorial, relax, and perhaps have a Pizza Party in the Hospitality Room. Let Tony or me know if you are interested. He will have more details soon. I think he got a great rate at one of the hotels.
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Saturday, May 12, 2012 at 16:37:27 (MDT)
This August 16th will mark 25 years since the crash of Northwest Airlines Flight 255. We will NEVER forget and are planning a special observance. Mark your calenders now. Details to follow.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at 21:04:38 (MDT)
My father was supposed to be on this flight. He was traveling to Phoenix for his job with Ford, but decided at the last minute to instead spend time with me, my sister, and my mom in Sault Ste. Marie. We were sitting in the Lockview Restaurant when we heard that news that it had gone down. Still gives chills to think that I might have lost him if he had put work before his family.
John Walker <walke389@msu.edu>
Hillsdale, MI USA
- Wednesday, March 14, 2012 at 08:45:57 (MDT)
Hi all of you, i'm sorry for being late as i have never heard of that crash before.. i was watching Air crash investigation and decided to know much more about the circomstances till internet leaded me t the memorial.It really hirts me when i see that there are many children and babies among the flight..God Bless them all it was their destiny may they rest in peace.. And my last word is for the families, myself i'm working as a flight attendant and i do love my job.. The risk in aviation exists definately and we have to bare in mind that a Human error can lead to a disaster, thanks to the aviation reserches who are working on every disaster so to perform the technology.. God bless the victims and may god give to the families patience..All my love to you
Tunisian <elfazaamoez@yahoo.fr>
- Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at 23:12:31 (MDT)
Amy, how cool is that, naming your baby after Cecelia! I know how touching that is, as I found out thru the years, that several people (friends & family) had named their children after my Hidi, and I don't think anything touched my heart more than that! God Bless you and your daughter for remembering and honoring Cecelia in such a beautiful way!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 12:25:42 (MST)
I hope god bless all of them. I hope that Sicily (the only 4 years old girl that was survivor)is living in hope and happy. Last night I saw this tragedy on TV. It was very painful.
Tehran, Iran
- Tuesday, March 06, 2012 at 01:28:25 (MST)
I remember this day all too well , I was a young mother of one and expecting the following January. This had such an impact on me for the families who lost loved ones. I lived in Pontiac at that time and watching the news made my heart break. I have been to the site and it is a beautiful tribute. In honor of little Cecelia when my baby was born I named her after her. I hope life is wonderful for her. And naming my daughter after her has also never let me forget. My thoughts are with all of you who lost a loved one.
Amy <Darlinmi@aol.com>
Thorn hill, Tn USA
- Sunday, March 04, 2012 at 18:20:27 (MST)
Frank Valzney was my roomate for one year at MSU. I still think of him and his family. He would have been about 60 by now and probably just as crazy as when we roomed together. He was a native son of Chicago, but chose to make his home in Detroit.
Carl Isaacs <carltisaacs@netscape.net>
Rochester, MI USA
- Thursday, March 01, 2012 at 15:25:47 (MST)
Again just want to simply express my condolensces and offer prayers
Rick Kelly <rickkell@gmail.com>
New York, NY USA
- Wednesday, February 29, 2012 at 17:41:12 (MST)
Hello, I would like to say a few words about a special friend of mine.His name is george amibile from flight 255,we said goodbye on a friday before he flew out to see his parents he was excited about it he was the kind of friend that made you laugh every day!!!! We worked together painting for a fence company, I never thought in my life I would never see him again,I think of him all the time? I can't imagin how my life would be like if he was still here? I MISS MY BEST FRIEND,MY CO-WORKER AND A GREAT PERSON.......... I HOPE WHEN THE GOOD LORD DECIDES ITS MY TIME I WANT TO ASK HIM DID YOU HEAR MY PRAYERS?
David Nielsen <lpdave13@gmail.com>
phoenix, Az USA
- Saturday, January 28, 2012 at 21:33:44 (MST)
Saw what happened on the air crash investigation series. I am so deeply sorry and really feel your pain. Good luck, and all the best.
Hong Kong
- Thursday, January 26, 2012 at 03:44:03 (MST)
I am so sorry for your losses. I can only pray that time has allowed each of you to some how come to a better place in attempting to understand why your special loved one is no longer physically with you. I pray the memories you have of your loved one allows you to experience only happy interactions with them as you reach out to them in whatever form of contact you may. I pray for peace and comfort for all of you.
Bill Fiveash <billfiveash5@gmail.com>
- Saturday, January 21, 2012 at 08:49:23 (MST)
Hidi Ja, I miss your energy and joy. You are thought of every day and included in my prayer list. Taken too soon sweetheart. Taken way too soon. You are loved and missed.
Pamela Husted <pamela5313@hotmail.com>
Fresno, CA USA
- Wednesday, January 18, 2012 at 02:03:08 (MST)
December 1986 my friend Keith Rogers called and left a message with my mom that he would be home thru New Years Eve. I was never able to see him. He went back to Arizona and I moved to the UP. 25 years latter, this week I find the note from my mom with Keith's message again. I have always felt he was with me. I think of him often. This is my first visit to this site. I wasn't aware of the memorial, but look forward to seeing it. Thank you for remembering all of those loving sprits that were lost.
Karen Edwsrds <huntingedwards@yahoo.com>
McMillan, MI USA
- Friday, December 30, 2011 at 13:55:07 (MST)
Remembering and missing Mildred Avedisian this holiday season.
Douglas <avedis@frontiernet.net>
Geneseo, NY USA
- Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at 11:53:02 (MST)
Having travelled the globe for 15 years, having beenin 2 flights tjat almost did not make it, I can only express a deep sadness for the people who unfortunately lost their chances of having a love filled life. Safety procedures are there to save lives, not to annoy flight crews, although they should comply, I believe they almost never do. They are there to serve the paasengers, not the other way around. My thoughts are with the sole survivor and the families who lost a loved one.
LVF van Wieringen <lvfvanwieringen@gmail.com>
Rotterdam, USA
- Tuesday, December 13, 2011 at 08:11:05 (MST)
I was some years younger than Christine Hoffman. Our families were very good friends. Her parents are my brother's Godparents. I was a teenager but had the biggest crush on her. She was a Lt. in the Air Force and I thought that was the coolest thing in the world - a "chick" in the Air Force. I still remember the news of the crash and then hearing our little community in Erie, PA had lost someone close. I don't know what possessed me to look this up 25 years later but I'm glad I did and got to pay my respects as an adult. We love you and miss you, Chrissy.
Bill Adkins <wcadkins@gmail.com>
Boulder, CO USA
- Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 23:00:40 (MDT)
My Aunt had friends who were lost on Flight 255 from Detroit (ironically she's from Detroit and I'm from Phoenix, well Tempe actually). She was very sad about the loss, and for at least a year she was afraid of and usually avoided flying. As for Cecilia, I wish her all the best.
A. Nation
- Friday, September 30, 2011 at 19:05:55 (MDT)
I was in Detroit the other day and remembered this horrible day...I was 27 years old and was a Flight Attendant for a different carrier ...in the days to follow a big wreath of flowers were placed on the hill....I hope over the years peace has come to the families of this. To the little girl whom survived and is now a woman doing well from what I have read...... I hope you have peace and comfort in your life....My prayers to all of you and may your loved ones Rest In Peace.
F/A <doriana1212@hotmail.com>
Naperville, Il USA
- Saturday, September 17, 2011 at 14:09:32 (MDT)
To all of the Presti family, I send out my deepest condolences on the loss of Deanna. I know it was nearly 25 years ago, but there was no internet at the time. I came upon this site recently and felt I should at least offer my sympathy to the family. DeAnna Presti, rest in peace. And to her family, God Bless.
- Friday, September 16, 2011 at 15:05:57 (MDT)
Today is the 10th Anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on our Great Nation, this got me thinking, about not only that day. But also, a day in Aug '87 when I was 14, we lived in Detroit. I remembered the lone survivor of Flight 255, little Cecelia Cichan... I remember praying for her and all the families lost that evening. I continue to pray for those lost on 9/11 and Flight 255. Prayers and Blessings to you!!!
Brenda Ouellette-Hood <tensierracharlie@gmail.com>
Haleyville, al USA
- Sunday, September 11, 2011 at 14:13:45 (MDT)
This crash continues to be on my mind, we were living in Dearborn and I was traveling to LaGuardia in NYC the next morning. WDIV had breaking news, they thought propane tanks near the airport had exploded, I knew better, I think we heard a rumble at 8:50 or so but could never be sure. The next morning getting to Metro was tricky and surreal when I arrived. Very sad, very cold, everyone (especially the NWA employees) was very soft spoken. We looked at the crash site as best we could when we took off, just curiosity at that point. We had an account at the Wayne County Medical Examiners office, they had a watch from someone (pilot?) charred a bit and stopped at 8:52. I understand it was stolen sometime later (Detroit...). The little girl who survived comes to mind often, she's all grown up now.
Bill Youngpeter <billyoungpeter@hotmail.com>
Findlay, OH USA
- Friday, September 09, 2011 at 20:30:14 (MDT)
I remember my husband came in and told me he thought Janine's (Martin from Merrill Michigan home for 10th year class reunuion) plane had crashed in Detroit. I was supposed to take her down to Metro, but..............Anyways " I wish I could have seen your face one last time".
deb harshman <harshman1982@yahoo.com>
Saginaw , MI USA
- Thursday, September 08, 2011 at 17:35:11 (MDT)
My dear friend Sue Cody and daughter Jennifer. Sue, you were always waiting for me at the airport when I returned for R&;R from my duties in Air Force. I miss your laughter. Anytime I hear the siren of an ambulance, I remember the silly story you told me about an ambulance. I remember the "eggan and beggs" (bacon & eggs). You also taught me to like BBQ sauce. How you taught me to like BBQ sauce was a story in itself. I miss you both.
Patsey Herrera <patsey.herrera@yahoo.com>
Leupp, AZ USA
- Wednesday, September 07, 2011 at 16:53:02 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Hidi Ja, my Baby Girl. Sorry I'm a day late, but with the word that our dear friend, Walter Johnson, came to join you in Heaven, we hope! We were kind of upset all day, so Help show him the way! Love you Always.
Mary Ann <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Monday, September 05, 2011 at 09:02:04 (MDT)
Howard Moy (Aug. 24th)...Father of Laura Moy-Thorell, Father-in-law of Larry Thorell and Grandfather of Krista Thorell, all three victims in the Flight 255 air crash. Howard,one of our local family members was always present at our yearly memorial vigils. We will truly miss him! Rest in peace, Howard with all our loved ones...your Spirit Lives On, too...'till we meet again.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Saturday, August 27, 2011 at 20:38:33 (MDT)
You truly made every day brighter, Hidi Ja. In retrospect we are so grateful for the time we had here with you on Earth. But then we'll all meet again when we get to that long, loving, eternity I call heaven. So save me the first dance because you could shake your booty and I'm sure you still can. OMG you are so missed, sweetie. Seen you soon...
Fresno, CA USA
- Wednesday, August 24, 2011 at 20:50:15 (MDT)
I saw the article this morning in the Sunday Free Press and remember that night. I arrived at the Airport Holiday Inn, which is now a Days Inn and the Northwestern Airline host hotel approximately 1/2 hour after it happened and was completely surprised. I was scheduled to leave the next day on an early morning flight. The area was in complete chaos. Grieving relatives began arriving at the hotel later in the evening. I prayed with some of them and felt so sorry for their loss. The next morning while my flight was taking off, I looked out the window to see orange body bags spread all over the crash site and prayed for those that passed and their families. About 10 year ago is visited the memorial, which is a great tribute to those that passed away.
Dave Treder <dtreder@sbcglobal.net>
Grosse Pointe , MI USA
- Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 13:04:17 (MDT)
To those that perished that awful day ...our cousin Joanne Michelle Surowitz was among you and this tragedy has left a gaping hole in all the families that were left behind...we think of you often and pray that you are among the angels watching over all of us. RIP.....Cousins Gail & Jerry (May your families continue to have strength and always remember the good things)
Gail & Jerry Beale <gfb50@aol.com>
West Bloomfield, Mi USA
- Sunday, August 21, 2011 at 07:52:00 (MDT)
In Memory of Kirk Murdy today is your 47th birthday you are so missed by your family and friends! our hearts have been broken forever by your death Know you are in a better place and Heaven is safe and free of pain and sorrow. loving you forever. Mother
Dee Murdy <jax2phx@gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Saturday, August 20, 2011 at 08:20:10 (MDT)
I can't help but think about this tragedy every year we come to mid August. My thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the families who lost loved ones.
Tod Bartholomew <tod.bartholomew@yahoo.com>
wayne, MI USA
- Friday, August 19, 2011 at 07:36:01 (MDT)
Thank you, everyone, for your kind thoughts that you have expressed here in our Guestbook as we commemorated the 24th Anniversary of the crash of Northwest Flight 255. I, too, still feel the loss of my brother, Michael and his fiancee, Hollins Langton, no matte if it is 1 year or 24 years. We gather each year to remember because all our 156 loved ones LIVED, not for the way they died and to honor their memories. To all family members, please know that, even though you may not be there physically, your loved one(s) is/are ALWAYS remembered and we feel your presence in spirit. The healing process continues until, one day,we join our loved ones...our angels in heaven.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 18:37:13 (MDT)
I remember well the fateful day in August that so many lost their lives on NW Flight 255. I lived in Romulus and heard the horrific boom that spelled disaster. I worked at the Days Inn Hotel at Detroit Metro Airport. They were selected as the host hotel to handle all family and friends of the victims. I remember so many people in shock. Northwest did everything to appease the pain and suffering with doctors, nurses, chaplains, food and any special requests the families had. May your pain be eased knowing that your loved ones are resting with the Almighty One. God bless!
Marilyn Hayman Moore <Tuddiem1@aol.com>
Belleville, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 18:16:04 (MDT)
I saw a story on the news last night remembering the crash of flight 255. My MSU computer science professor James Burnett was on this flight. My thoughts and prayers go out all the families who experienced a loss of a loved one.
Scott Zilincik <szilincik@yahoo.com>
Troy, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 09:04:46 (MDT)
I came across this site through a posting on Facebook. I remember this happening. A friend of my ex boyfriend had called him and said he witnessed the crash. My heart sank then. And tears flowed this morning as I was reading the post. Such wonderful and sad memories. My thoughts and heart go out to all the surviving families of those who were lost. To Cecelia. A strong sole who survived. I hope you have a wonderful life. Live it to it's fullest!
Kathi G <sorceresskg@yahoo.com>
Newport, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 06:18:34 (MDT)
My wife Jeannine (J9) lost her daddy John Michael Carter and I wish to God I could do something to bring him back. She is such a joy to my life! She would make John really proud. She's beautiful inside and out. He must have been an amazing man to have such a beautiful family. I love you all.
David Osborne <Osborne88@aol.com>
Henderson, Nv USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 05:40:09 (MDT)
I was there that night. I wasn't thinking about it when just this evening, I flew out of Detroit myself. I saw the anniversary mentioned on the ABC News website after I got back home to Colorado. My neighbor was one of the passengers. God bless those lost on Flight 225, and their families and loved ones.
Denver, Co USA
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 00:43:09 (MDT)
I remember it well. I was at my brothers house in Taylor and having an evening coffee with him. We heard the odd noise the planes engine made and then we felt/ heard a horrific boom that traveled all through me. We knew something was terribly wrong and jumped in his car to find out and see if we could help. We were only a few blocks away and had gotten there before any rescue crews had arrived. I can only say that after seeing what I saw and hearing what I heard, I wish the surviving family members all of Gods comfort. Be assured, your loved ones were not lost. They were saved.... by Jesus.
Dave <dbb632@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, August 17, 2011 at 00:36:52 (MDT)
It is so hard to believe that the girl I loved so much has been gone for 24 years. Joanne Michelle Surowitz would have been 42 this anniversary. I think about her every day and am so disappointed that she is not with us. Joanne was an exceptional person, especially for a 18 year old. She was so loving, caring, energetic with an aura that brightened your day. I will miss her and love her forever. To all of you that have lost loved ones, I share your pain and wish you comfort.
David Wilner <dwwilner@gmail.com>
Birmingham, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 22:37:52 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones on flight 255 24 years ago tonight. I am a Delta Flight Attendant,former Northwest Orient flight attendant and had been flying almost 8 years when this tragedy happened. My husband and I have 3 wonderful children,one who was just one year old in 1987. I had a long layover in NYC the day after. My crew and I were in shock and said lots of prayers the rest of the trip as we had to pass through Detroit several times in the next few days following August 16th. In another month I will be retiring,but will always have those who were affected in my thoughts and prayers for years to come. God bless.
Janine Moran <janineidream@msn.com>
Lake Stevens, WA USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 22:05:09 (MDT)
I will never forget the day I lost one of my best friends, Hollins Langton, it sure doesn't seem like 24 years have gone by. I remember standing in front of my in-laws home off Ecorse Rd. and seeing all the billowing smoke and knew it was not good. We then found out that a plane had gone down at metro. I remember the sky that night as if it was yesterday - there were streams of light shining down through the darker smoke filled sky (just like when it rains way off in the distance and the light breaks through in streaks). The next morning I got to work at Expert Travel and we got a call from Hollins' sister, Scarlet, telling us that Hollins and her fiance, Michael were on that flight going home to Phoenix with all of their wedding shower gifts (reason they were in town). It was devastating and one of the worst days of my life. I will never forget. I have many happy memories of Hollins and our many trips to NYC, CA, FAM Trips, Boston, etc. We had a lot of fun. Hollins ("The Honz")had the greatest sense of humor and a real zest for life. Every time I see the sky with the streaks of light shining down I think of all of the people lost that day, especially Hollins, and say a prayer and feel blessed to have had Hollins in my life.
Renae Theeck <Renaetheeck@aol.com>
Hartland, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 21:59:19 (MDT)
God Bless everyone who perished that day, especially Mike and Hollins. My thoughts and prayers are with you and with everyone touched by this tragedy.
Stephanie Hassett <shassett08@comcast.net>
Sterling Heights, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 21:50:00 (MDT)
Another clear night sky for the memorial service. . I was deep in thoughts of that night and sad when Sue told me about her dad. All day long today I could'nt wait to see him tonight and see that smile and hear that laugh.. On a brighter note I was happy to see everyone else that has become an extended branch of my family and meeting some new people tonight.
john <ff4126@aol.com>
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 21:43:54 (MDT)
All the family and friends of the lost are in my thoughts and prayers this day.
Niels Hansen <cptnielshansen@yahoo.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 21:41:48 (MDT)
24th Anniversary tonight. Not a day goes by we don't think of my sister, Laura Moy Thorell, her husband, Larry, and their 1 year-old daughter, Krista. 24 years of not seeing them does not diminish our love and heartfelt pain.
Susan Moy Pinsoneault <susanmoy9@gmail.com>
Roscommon, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 21:19:16 (MDT)
May God bless the souls of the deceased and the sole survivior.
Marie Brown <brownmarie42@yahoo.com>
southfield, mi USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 20:22:32 (MDT)
Remembering and forever feeling pain for those who died, especially Julie, and for those left behind.
mmb <berscht@hotmail.com>
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 20:16:20 (MDT)
My heart goes out to all those that lost loved ones on this date to such a tragic accident, especially to the Dresch family. Stephen, although we never talked in highschool much love goes out to you and your family as you remember your loving father.
Laura Belkowski <lbelkowski@comcast.net>
Macomb, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 20:11:50 (MDT)
RIP Mom this time 24 yrs ago you were supposed to come but didn't make it. Miss you every day your 2nd grandson is due in Dec. Love ya miss ya.. JPB12&;3
Justin P Behnke <Behnke10@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 20:04:05 (MDT)
I remember flight 255. I was sitting on my front porch in Westland, Mi when it happened. God Bless everyone who perished that day.
Bill Henson <77billwill@gmail.com>
New Port Richey, FL USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 19:51:47 (MDT)
Always in our memories.
Thomas Walker <boilingskies@gmail.com>
Fort Pierce, FL USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 19:31:27 (MDT)
I remember this day like it was yesterday. Don't live far from crash site. I would love to give hugs to all the family members of those lost that day. How horrible. Your family member will always be remembered. To the little girl, well not so little anymore, who survive - God Bless you and your life. Again so sorry for those losses....
Diana <TDandDG@aol.com>
New Boston, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 19:30:09 (MDT)
I just wanted to take a moment on this day to remember my brother, Raphael Tombasco and his wife of 10 months, Lisa, I will miss him everyday of my life.....
Maryann Tombasco <matombasco@hotmail.com>
Corning , NY USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 19:02:47 (MDT)
My cousin Justin Keener was on that flight. He was so brave and will never be forgotten. All 156 passengers on that flight are heros!!!!
Dana Lynn Koester
Clinton Township, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 16:48:57 (MDT)
I was fortunate enough to be there for the 20th anniversary vigil, and I always stop by the memorial every time I'm in Detroit (even though I got stuck in the mud in winter). I know to many it's just a list of names, so I'll tell you a little about Mike Sullivan... always carried a smile, always cared to listen, a good person, a good friend, a good father (Ryan if you read this, feel free to contact me), and a great volleyball player. On July 4th, 1987 we were all playing in a volleyball tournament in Flagstaff. After a grueling day of sand tournament play, we all met in the bar at the Athletic Club for the evening. The song 'American Pie' by Don McLean played, and we all raised our glasses and sang along. Good times. That song will always hold special meaning to me. The ironic lyrics near the end of the song always breaks me up though... travel well, Mike. We all miss you. :-(
Karl Sup <kjsup@cox.net>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 16:39:03 (MDT)
Twenty-four years ago our lives were changed forever. My husband, Todd's mom, Mary Jane Reed Kenyon Scott and his brother, Sam, were taken from us so tragically. Mary would be so proud of her son as he has grown into a very fine man. He loves his family with all his heart just as his mother did. Our daughter would amaze her, I am sure. We miss you both so much, yet we are so grateful for the three weeks we had beforehand. Our family bond was strengthened during our short time together. We remember, everyday, sadness envelops us, yet we move on as we must. Love, love, love.
Sally Kenyon <Weepie357@aol.com>
Hickory Corners, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 15:52:41 (MDT)
I wonder how David Cichan would have turned out, 24 years later. I was 11 when he and has family were taken from our cul-de-sac on this horrific night. I still have fond memories of the games we used to play, riding our bikes around the cul-de-sac and recording weather reports. Silly times for sure. I know he'd be proud of his sister. We miss you and your family David. We were lucky to have known you for the short while that we did. My thoughts and prayers go out to those affected by this tragedy.
Kelli Spence <kellispence@hotmail.com>
Burbank, CA USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 15:25:04 (MDT)
I remember the day this occurred, at only age 11 playing in the field behind the mobile home park within miles of the site seeing a cloud of dark smoke like nothing I've ever seen before. What a tragic and sad day for all families involved, my heart goes out to you and yours. God Bless! "GONE BUT NEVER FORGOTTEN" ~Faith P.
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 13:25:13 (MDT)
My ex was bringing my children home that evening, and normally traveled the Middlebelt route, but that night traveled via the 275 freeway. I am blessed to still have my children with me. All of the families are in my thoughts and prayers -- I remember that evening so well, worrying about my own children, and know the worry and the heartbreak. Please accept my heartfelt condolences this many years since.
Michele Singer <singerlivon.2@gmail.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 13:24:55 (MDT)
24 years ago I received the call that changed our family forever...Sammy you were an amazing light of life and a very special brother...Nana, we miss you and your calming demeanor daily; thank you for being an amazing grandma! We love and miss you Sam and Mary Scott.
Lori Cimino <lolocimino@gmail.com>
scottsdale , AZ USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 11:32:48 (MDT)
My heart goes out to all the families that lost there loved ones.. Thats a day i will never forget, I grew up and lived in Romulus most my life. I just passed under the freeway pulled up in the driveway and it happened, only three blocks from the crash. Will never forget
Detroit, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 09:22:43 (MDT)
Miss you Vanessa!
Linda Hoefner <LAHoefner@aol.com>
Waddell, AZ USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 09:01:16 (MDT)
24 years ago, I almost was on this flight. I was visiting, and had already stayed another 2 weeks longer than planned. I debated about staying another week, but decided to leave a week before this happened. I took the same flight out, just a week earlier. When the crash happened I was shocked, as one more week and I too would have been on-board. Next year i will be at the 25th Anniversary. This crash has always been with me, and my best wishes to the families of those who were lost.
Dennis Dennison <Azhosers2k3@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 08:29:12 (MDT)
My sister, Pamela was a flight attendant on flight 255. I miss her dearly. 1 year or 24 years later..it is still very hard. I am thinking about all the families today on this the 24th anniversary. I miss you Pamela--always in our hearts-- Love you, Jill & Family
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 07:56:13 (MDT)
Thinking of all the surviving family members today. I'm very happy you have beautiful weather today for your memorial. God Bless and be safe.
Canton, Mi USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 06:53:41 (MDT)
Always missing my bestest friend Sande Garriott. God Bless the passengers and crew.
Susan Sinda Robinson <funnestnan@hotmail.com>
Lake City, Mi USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 06:46:08 (MDT)
I was 19 years old and was a gate agent for Continental Airlines at DTW. Our flight to Denver was delayed and some of our passengers were going to miss their connecting flight to Phoenix. We rebooked them on this NW non-stop flight at the last minute. I will never forget the heavy burden I carried or the responsibility I felt. God Bless the passengers and crew of Northwest flight 255.
Kelly Busch <Kellyflys2@aol.com>
Acworth, Ga USA
- Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at 06:21:15 (MDT)
Dear friends...we are two days from the 24th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Flight 255. A reminder that our vigil will take place Tuesday (Aug. 16th)evening at the memorial site - Middlebelt Rd. and I-94 in Romulus, MI. The simple vigil begins at 8:46 p.m., the time the crash occurred. If attending, please remember to bring a flashlight, insect repellent and a lawn chair, if you wish. Please use caution as this is a high-traffic area. We hope to see you there as WE REMEMBER our loved ones.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Sunday, August 14, 2011 at 20:23:39 (MDT)
I am a flight attendant for Delta former Northwest Airlines I've only been flying for 4 an a half years but think about this accident frequently why i dont know , when it happened i was only 2 yrs old , 2 yrs younger then the sole survivor who was four at the time . i guess i feel a connection to the accident because i worked for Nwa an have been facinated with the airline industry since i was a young child. i have flown with some of the crew members who were class mates with some of the crew onboard flight 255 . (Bruce and Micheal) . i think about this accident very frequently , and live 5 mins from the crash site . originally from Baltimore , relocated to Romulus when i was hired by the late Northwest airlines in 2007. much respect an love to the families and friends of the victims of 255 . god bless and much love . They will be remembered forever
Jerae <mikemadison97@yahoo.com>
romulus, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 09, 2011 at 22:26:11 (MDT)
I can never forget that day as I became caught up in police detours upon heading home that Sunday night from visiting a friend in Monroe MI. I live now and then off Merriman rd which takes you sraight into the airport so passing it on the way home wasnt unusual. After multiple detours several miles within the area of Metro Airport I asked some teens walking down a side street if they knew what was going on. After hearing those dreadful words that I never expected to hear, even though I had grown up around Metro Airport most of my life,I new it was bad. Some years after, I watched a Police video someone had smuggled of the wreckage site perhaps a day or two after. the crash. The whole violence of the impact became clear to me when I noticed a womans purse hanging by its strap from a light pole some 30-40 feet up, Just perched there by the strap as if someone had deliberately or purposefully left it there. Imagine the force that it would take and at what velocity it would occur for that result. Dear Loved Ones if you can take anything comforting from this just know in a blink of an eye there is no time for suffering. I often drive down the exact path your Loved Ones took on their final journey here on Earth and I always remember that when I pass thinking of them. I consider it a very spiritual if you will, place. God Bless Their Memories,and Loved Ones. Sincerely T. Wilson , Garden City Mi
Thomas K. Wilson <farmerinthesky@gmail.com>
Garden City , mi USA
- Monday, August 08, 2011 at 01:41:57 (MDT)
I'm not sure why Flight 255 came into my head tonight, but I remember being at a family cabin near Traverse City the night it happened. I was 10 years old and had no idea, the scope of the event. Now, almost 24 years later and being in public safety myself, I do realize - and I just want to say that although I didn't personally know anyone involved in this horrible tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with each and every individual that has been affected by this incident.
S. Puchovan <puchovanjr@comcast.net>
Clinton Twp, MI USA
- Sunday, August 07, 2011 at 02:25:44 (MDT)
I had barely turned 13 years old when this happened. I remember finding out about it and seeing that Kail and Linda Grigg were onboard. I think my mother had brought hom the newspaper and it listed the passengers. Mrs. Grigg was my 1st grade teacher at Andalucia and I had loved being in her class. She was a wonderful teacher and a very nice woman. It was so shocking to see someone I knew had died in such a tragic way. My heart goes out to all who lost loved ones in that terrible tragedy. Mrs. Grigg will always be remembered by the many people whom she touched.
Robert Davis <starwarsguy@gmail.com>
- Saturday, August 06, 2011 at 20:19:28 (MDT)
I flew from Toledo to Detroit this day with a beautiful young 16 yr old girl, Hidi Ratliff. She was dressed in white and had a bright smile. Although when we both boarded the Detroit bound plane she was crying. I (being 25 at the time felt I should take her under my wing)started talking to her, and found she was upset over leaving her Dad with whom she had spent part of her summer vacation.I was also leaving my family I told her to return to Wisconsin, and that I'd flown in to visit my mom in the hospital. She told me that her parents where divorced and although she was excited about going home to see her friends and Mom (and cheerleading something if I remember), it was always hard to leave. We talked through the entire flight to Detroit and during our layover at Detroit airport. I told her of my desire to travel to California, my recent trips and she told me about her school and home. We even exchanged information at then end of our time when our flights started to be called, with the promise that if I got to Cali I would contact her. It turns out I was the last person to speak to Hidi, and this blessing and burden are still in my memory. What a bright candle to be extinguished so young, as with so many on this plane. I want the families to know that others, people you may not have known, are still remembering all those lost and suffering from Flight 255. I remember them.
Galilea Montijo <galilea@montijo.com>
- Friday, August 05, 2011 at 14:03:31 (MDT)
My condolences to all who lost someone on 255. Having left the area years earlier, I was not aware until today that I had lost an old friend (former teacher) on that flight. RIP Judy Glazer, you were an inspiration, confidant, and friend, to many. My life will now be a little less bright learning of your and your son's passing. My sincere condolences to your family and the families of all. Joe
Joe GIlmore <the-cne@hotmail.com>
Honolulu, Hi USA
- Wednesday, August 03, 2011 at 09:37:31 (MDT)
My heart goes out to all victims and their familes and friends for this horrible event that occurred on August 16, 1987. I was driving with my husband and two sons from my parents house in Milford, Michigan when I noticed that the sky was a vey strange red pink color and the wind was coming from more than one direction and I has this very strange feeling I cannot describe come over me. It was my youngest son's first birthday. When we arrived back at our home in Livonia I put on the televison set and I saw it as a headline on the TV screen. I felt to sad and scared. So many young lives lost. In 1992 my famli and I flew out to Phoenix to visit my sister and her family who lived there and saw a wonderful memorial to remember these precious people. I hope that God watches over your family members and friends who have left this earth before us. I hope Cecelia is lving a life full of love and happiness. God Bless
Donna Brown <bdonna1956@yahoo.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 02, 2011 at 22:59:18 (MDT)
I was 13 years old and living in Milford Michigan on that fateful day. I was schedualed to be on Flight 255 but at the last minute had to change flights, to avoid being late for my grandparents 50th anniversary. I will never forget this day and the lucky little girl who surived this tragic accident. My thought and prayers to everyone who lost a family member or friend that day.
Kim Cudini <kcudini@msn.com>
Cypress, TX USA
- Wednesday, July 13, 2011 at 18:44:51 (MDT)
I was 6 Yrs old when this accident happend, iam from waterford MI and I remember that tragic day. Now iam in college getting my BS in Prof. Aeronautics w/ ERAU and taking a Avaition Safety class and my term paper is on Flight 255. I wanted to know what happened all those years ago. Its realy been an eye opener, to know that this was preventable is so sad. V/R Philip
Philip D Thibodeau <ao2thibodeauusn@gmail.com>
Elizabeth City, NC USA
- Thursday, July 07, 2011 at 11:49:35 (MDT)
We are just about 6 weeks before the 24th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Flight 255. Plans are underway for our yearly memorial observance at the former crash site. The date is: Tuesday, August 16, 2011, at the memorial site which is on the embankment of Middlebelt Rd. at the entrance to I-94 East in Romulus, MI (just east of Detroit Metropolitan Airport). There is a traffic light just prior to the embankment. We begin gathering at the memorial around 7:30 p.m. If you plan to attend, please remember to bring insect repellent, a flashlight and a lawn chair (if you wish). Floral tributes are always welcome. We begin our simple service at 8:46 p.m., which is the time the crash occurred. Parking is on your own. If you park and walk to the site, PLEASE use extreme caution as it is a very busy roadway. Come and help us to continue to remember our 156 loved ones who perished in the tragedy of Northwest Flight 255.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 20:19:02 (MDT)
Thank you so much for sharing, Vonya. Please feel free to contact me anytime, as we share this tragic connection, being surviving family members of those who lost their lives in this horrific crash. Please keep checking this site for details of this year's (and next year's) memorial vigil.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, June 23, 2011 at 20:57:00 (MDT)
My mom and stepdad died tragically on this flight. I was thirteen and my little sister was nine. Thank you for providing a forum to express our love for those who have perished. My parents, Linda and Kail Grigg, are terribly missed. I am saddened that my children will never know their grandparents. I have not yet been to the memorial, but I plan to next year. It warms my heart to read about the kind things said about my mother Linda. Thank you for sharing those thoughts with me. I Love to hear about the impact Mom had on those whose lives she touched. I also want to thank Julie, a representative from the airlines, who reached out to my family after the crash. She has stayed in touch over the years. Out of all the sadness I experienced during that terrible time, Julie was a light in the darkness. God bless all the families and loved ones.
Vonya Planchon <Vonyalynn@yahoo.com>
Carlsbad, Ca USA
- Wednesday, June 22, 2011 at 23:13:27 (MDT)
I was in downtown Phoenix this morning, walking near the fountain by the Municipal Building, when I encountered the memorial to Flight 255 for the first time. The stone marker with names inscribed in stainless steel left me with impressions far larger than its physical size. What struck me most was how many families with children perished (the ages are inscribed next to the names), and I wondered how Cecelia's life has changed...what is it to be a sole survivor, and what family of hers remained to help, guide, and console her? It's really impossible to conceive, but likewise impossible for contemplation to be anything other than truly heartfelt and deeply poignant. I am a different person this afternoon for the thoughts that stone and steel monument inspired in me this morning.
Paul Postma <plasmo@q.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Tuesday, June 21, 2011 at 13:43:43 (MDT)
I am glad to have found this page. I remember the whole incident like it happened yesterday. I came in memory of my good friend George Amabile and his 3 year old son Jamie, who were both tragically killed in the crash. George was a childhood friend of mine in NJ. Along with my brother and one other friend, we were in a band together here in Phoenix. George and Jamie had flown back to Jersey to see his mother, who had never flown in her life and got to meet her only grandson for the first and last time. I had moved from Phoenix to Socal several months earlier and George and the other guys were in the process of making the move as well. I actually went to Romulus with our other bandmate on behalf of the grieving family. We went armed with dental records and a great deal of angst. What happened the next 2 days was absolutely surreal. I met a lot of the folks who have been mentioned on this blog and will always cherish the memories of "the best" coming out of them at the worst possible moments. The human spririt will always prevail and so will the spirits of our fallen friends and families.
Tony Peters <coachtonyaz@gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Wednesday, June 15, 2011 at 17:35:38 (MDT)
For more than two decades I have driven Middlebelt Road to work. I just want all the flight 255 surviving family members and friends know that I never fail to say a small prayer and think of all of you when I am stopped at the traffic light where flight 255 went down. Today was a beautiful, sunny morning and I could feel your loved one's spirit. Best Regards, Paul. Canton, Michigan
paul <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
- Thursday, June 02, 2011 at 10:27:29 (MDT)
I recently re-connected with my childhood friend on facebook. She lost her father and brother on this flight. I remember both of them well and liked the family very much. We were in the 8th grade at the time. I just wanted those connected to this tragedy to know there are many out there who think about this sad event and send prayers. I am glad to see today that my friend is leading a happy life that I am sure her brother and dad would be proud of.
Ketchum, ID USA
- Wednesday, June 01, 2011 at 20:02:47 (MDT)
hello all . As summer approaches and I make my weekly visit to the site, I would just like to say I am thinking of all of you..
john <ff4126@aol.com>
romulus, mi USA
- Saturday, May 28, 2011 at 18:20:18 (MDT)
Though our film really explores the impact of suvivorship through the mind and lives of sole survivors, another HUGE component of the film is looking at those who survived the accident by losing a loved one and needing to pick up the pieces and carry on. We're really hoping that in the end, we'll have created a film that others can watch and fell less alone. We're also trying to create a website that can be used as a network for victims/survivors of aviation disaster. On this website, I want to list vetted resources for legal professionals, psychologists, etc. If you have any suggestions for what might be needed on this type of website, I'd love to talk to you about it. In the meantime, we finished the trailer for the film. We're about 1/3 done with the movie but have a lot more to go. I'm copying the link to view the trailer below. The trailer is currently being hosted on a "kickstarter" fundraising site. If you know anyone who might be able to donate to our finishing funds, please pass them this link too. In order to keep going, we need to raise a fair amount of money but every bit, even just $25 helps us so much so please pass along the link to anyone that you think might be impacted by this film, our goals with the movie and our desire to build a larger network of help and support. http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ywp/sole-survivor My best to both of you, Ky Dickens Director
Webmaster <Hidija@aol.com>
- Thursday, May 19, 2011 at 16:13:54 (MDT)
On May 10th my Aunt Pam (Pamela Shaffer, crew member) also known as Sparky, would've been 60 years old. She was 36 when this tragic crash occured. I was 5 years old. Even though I was so young and didn't truly get a chance to know my aunt well, I think of her often; my mom says that I sometimes remind her of her sister. When I talked to my mom today, Mother's Day, she was sad thinking about her older sister and how she couldn't imagine her being 60 years old. My mom who is the baby of 4 has never been the same since my aunt died. As for me, I'm proud that I have some of her characteristics because I've heard stories about her and she seemed like a blast...only wish I could've known her longer...I miss you Aunt Pam and love you much! Happy Birthday!
Mariesa Partinico <mariesa_partinico@yahoo.com>
Tucson , AZ USA
- Monday, May 09, 2011 at 03:39:01 (MDT)
Thanks for all you did that horrible night, Greg....would be interested in chatting with you about certain circumstances that occurred at the site sometime.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 20:40:38 (MDT)
I am probably in the photo of the crash site you see in the main page. I was called to work the crash site security detail. I consider that day the worst day of my life, though I know many more were hurt more from it than I. May God cherish those who died that day and bring comfort to the families who endured.
Arizona City, AZ USA
- Monday, April 25, 2011 at 23:19:12 (MDT)
i reamber her god bless her soul its been a wile just saying hi,i dont know why god call us yung angels for
bryan gaydon <bryangaydon@live.com>
ca USA
- Sunday, April 17, 2011 at 00:25:45 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Cecelia! I know you are doing very well and I know Paula and Michael would be very proud!
- Sunday, April 10, 2011 at 00:06:39 (MDT)
Mike Cichan and I were close friends in grade school at St. Davids in Willow Grove PA and later at Archbishop Wood HS in Warminster PA. I remember the night he met his wife Paula at a dance in the high school cafeteria and he fell head over heals in love with her. I think of Mike every year on his birthday (Oct 28th), and wish that we hadn't lost contact after we had gone off to college. He and Paula were the sweetest, kindest couple you would ever want to meet. I look forward to seeing my friend again sometime, and hope that Cecilia (named after her beautiful Grandmother) is living a wonderful and joyful life as her parents would have wished.
Bob Preston <rpreston88@hotmail.com>
Lansdale, PA USA
- Friday, April 08, 2011 at 09:48:29 (MDT)
I was 9 years old when this happened....it was something that I have never forgotten. It really affected me. I remember it was a Sunday evening, and we were coming home from church on I-94. We lived a few miles past the airport off Middlebelt Rd., on Van Horn Rd. Church had ran over late about 5 mintues. I remember that because my Dad said "if church hadn't ran over 5 minutes, we might of been in it"...and that scared me! When we approached the scene, i just remember all the smoke everywhere. We were at a dead stop for a long time. We couldn't see what was going on, but we knew. It freaked me out. The little girl that survived because her mom sat on her....I would always think about her and wonder what she was feeling. It's just a tragedy that really stuck with me over the years. I used to constantly have re-accuring nightmares about being in a plane crash. Luckily, those seemed to of stopped. I will never forget that night & my heart will always go out to the families of those that lost their lives.
Jill Carnarvon <jillybean5415@yahoo.com>
New Boston, MI USA
- Thursday, April 07, 2011 at 11:24:28 (MDT)
I was just a 12 year old girl back in 1987 when this awful accident took place. I, unfortunately, witnessed the tradgedy first hand, and still have a hard time forgetting it all. My family and I lived approximately 1 mile from the crash scene/Detroit Metro Airport. I just remember playing outside with my little friends and then all of a sudden there was this horrific noise and the sky turned the strangest color of purple. My father usually dropped me off about the time the accident(he used the same exit off of I-94 to bring me home @ the time of the accident), so looking back now it makes one reflect on the fragility of life. It is such a glorious gift. We should all love, embrace and really hold on to every precious moment with our loved ones. Leave the one's you love with a hug and a kiss because you never know if you will never get the chance again. To all of those who lost someone you love on Flight 255....I am truly sorry and hope all of you have found inner peace.
Taylor, MI USA
- Monday, April 04, 2011 at 18:47:09 (MDT)
I have been thinking about my much loved and terribly missed brother-in-law, Kevin Insalaco, a 27 year old engineer for GM who died in the crash of flight 255. His daughter who was less than two at the time will be married this summer. Our hearts will be filled with joy and the sadness that has lingered for 23 years. My sister lost the love of her life and I thank God that my niece and nephew will never really know the the magnitude of the loss they suffered as babies. He was one of the most wonderful men I have ever known. I thank God for His grace that allowed his family and ours to navigate through the tragedy and all of these years enduring such a great loss. He truly is and has been our comforter; our peace and the lifter of our heads.
- Sunday, April 03, 2011 at 20:22:43 (MDT)
It is hard to believe that 24 years have gone by, We were just talking about our classmate Randy Hoffman who was on flight 255 and what would have been if he hadn't of gotten on that flight. Prayers are with all the families and friends that lost loved ones.
Noelle M Stefina
Norcross, Ga USA
- Wednesday, March 30, 2011 at 13:29:58 (MDT)
After reading an article about "Baby" Jessica McClure tonight, I started wondering what happened to another miracle child: Cecelia Cichan. Info on the Internet led me to this site. It's moving to read all of these comments even after all of these years. Like many here, I don't have any personal connections with any of the victims, but that day is one of those "where were you?" moments for me. It was my 20th birthday and I distinctly remember sitting on my bed watching TV and seeing the breaking news. It was horrifying. Every year on my birthday, I can't help but think of that day in 1987. My thoughts are with those of you who lost family and friends on that sad, sad day.
Mary Rice
Waterford Township, MI USA
- Tuesday, March 29, 2011 at 21:19:02 (MDT)
A guest recently inquired about the cemetery site here in Michigan that has a memorial to Flight 255. There were 11 caskets of unidentified remains that were buried at United Memorial Gardens in Plymouth, MI, which is just northeast of Ann Arbor, MI (about 25 minutes northwest of the crash site). Each grave has a bronze ground marker with the inscription, "Flight 255 Unknown". There is also a bronze plaque depicting a young girl swinging on a swing. Some chose to belive it is Cecelia; not really sure it is. Many of us family members feel as though a part of each of our loved ones are interred there as well. The cemetery is a very beautiful and serene place. We are very grateful to the cemetery for providing this memorial, which was provided through their generosity. Although it has been awhile since I personally have been there, I remember a white monument of the face of Jesus, whose eyes seem to follow you; very impressive!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 22:13:15 (MDT)
I recently ordered the book "As One Door Closes", by the mother of Emily and Elizabeth Geiger, two young passengers who died on Flight 255, on their way home to Phoenix. Emily was only 13 years old when she died, and her sister Elizabeth was 7. They were just two of the 29 young children on that flight. They sounded like beautiful girls and it's a shame that they lost their lives in such a tragic event. I plan to read this book to remember them and honor their lives. God needed 156 new angels that night in 1987, and Emily and Elizabeth were two of them, called home to God. I hope that they are watching over me and guiding me in the right direction. The world lost 156 beautiful people that night, and let's continue to remember them, now almost 24 years later. :) J.T., Elkton, Maryland.
J.T. <jtnudge@atlanticbb.net>
Elkton, MD USA
- Monday, March 07, 2011 at 15:24:39 (MST)
I was 14 and lived just 10 miles from the crash site. My mother and a neighbor on a walk saw the flash off to the west - the red sunset got inexplicably redder - and rushed home knowing what must have happened. I was actually in Los Angeles at the time and flew into Detroit Metro about 4 days after the crash. It was a horrible time for the Detroit area - everyone was grief-stricken. As I approach middle age, I still recall this horrible disaster like it was yesterday. I think I will remember until the day I die.
DMB <donna@tangleweeds.com>
- Monday, February 28, 2011 at 21:32:55 (MST)
I felt compelled today to Google things I distinctly remember from my childhood for some reason. I was 11 years old when this happened and lived 30 min. from Detroit Metro. It was all over the news for so long. I remember my mom reading the paper about the little girl that survived and she was saying to me that you never know when it's time and to appreciate life. I remember saying a prayer for that little girl and the families left behind. Her survival was a miracle. I want the families to know that I am saying a prayer for you all tonight that God will watch over you and continue to mend your hearts. God bless you all and know that you will see your loved ones again.
- Thursday, February 17, 2011 at 14:00:16 (MST)
Susan Radamocker, Flight Attendant on 255, was my Airline classmate at Republic Airlines. Republic latter became part of Northwest. I do not understand why I still cry, after all these years, when I think of Susan and everyone on the flight.I am no longer a flight attendant, as I work in broadcasting. But, through the years (24 years) as a flight attendant we are required to go through a recurrent training every year. I was never able to complete the training, as it requires discussions of aircraft accidents, with out tears thinking of Susan in the galley of a DC-9 Dash 80. I had given my aircraft over to her after I had worked it to Memphis a week before the accident. Susan told me that next week would be her last week to fly before she went on maternity leave. She was showing. She could hardly get a serving apron around her wast. Susan I am so sorry.
Gene Key <skyserve1@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 21:04:58 (MST)
In memory of Nick Vanos graduate of Santa Clara, we have not forgotten Nick and his family.
W. Gillmore <mwgilmore@gmail.com>
Santa Clara, ca USA
- Sunday, February 13, 2011 at 01:01:30 (MST)
I want to thank Carolyn Mickelson, daughter of Wayne Mickelson. She wrote an article about her dad that I still have today. If anyone is in contact with her, please have her contact me. Thanks! Stephanie Purpleopal615@aol.com
Stephanie Liebowitz <purpleopal615@aol.com>
Oceanside, NY USA
- Friday, February 11, 2011 at 21:05:40 (MST)
Through life's twists and turns, (some fun, some necessary, others sad) I recently discovered this tragic news concerning my dear friend Sande Garriott. To use a line from the "Big Chill", I knew her for a short time a long time ago, but knew her well enough that she left a lifelong lasting impression. Sande was simply the best! To her family, and all families affected by this tragedy, my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Bob Click <bobclick07@yahoo.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Friday, February 11, 2011 at 12:48:49 (MST)
I have just found this website. One of my classmates and my husband's family memeber perished in this accident with his wife. He was only 34 and his wife was 26. I remember hearing the news when it happened and not believing that such a vibrant young life had been taken. I have never seen the memorial but am thankful that it is there to honor those who have lost their lives and to comfort in some way those left behind.
Catherine Yorio <cyorio@rochester.rr.com>
Rochester, NY USA
- Tuesday, February 08, 2011 at 20:10:53 (MST)
I'm sorry for the losses. The memorial is really beautiful. I wish Ceceilia well and hope she's doing okay.
al USA
- Sunday, February 06, 2011 at 17:46:21 (MST)
my grandfather (Harrison Brown) lost his life in the crash although i never have met him i miss him dearly i have beeen told im just like him multiple times and i cant wait to sit down and have a meal with him and discuss life with him in heaven love ya grandpa
Pfc Jonathan H. Adams <jonny109@yahoo.com>
bamberg , germany
- Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 17:49:44 (MST)
I grew up in the flight path of Detroit Metro. I was only 3 when it happened but I recall hearing it in the distance and my parents being rather upset. I had almost forgot about it. I'm glad to see a proper memorial, I drove by it every day and never knew what was behind those trees. May their memory be cherished.
Trevor Higgins <doublebackslash@gmail.com>
Howell, mi USA
- Wednesday, January 19, 2011 at 20:32:01 (MST)
I remember hearing about the crash and never forgot about it. One of Cecilia's relatives was a senior citizen that belonged to a out-reached group I started in Keyport, NJ. I finally found information about the crash and her name. I am happy she has kept in touch with all the relatives who lost loved ones. My prayers go with all who lost loved ones and especially for Celcilia Cichan. (I was a nun who ran the outreach group in Keyport, NJ)
Camilla Fahmie <cfahmie@comcast.net>
Toms River, NJ USA
- Tuesday, January 04, 2011 at 05:44:21 (MST)
My apologies. I've misspelled her name. It's Hidi Ratliff. I was also mistaken about her age, she was only 16 when she died that night. I just found something about her on a Memorial page. I'm trying to make some contact with her family by email. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Heath Wright <heathwright@excite.com>
Vian, OK USA
- Monday, January 03, 2011 at 19:04:30 (MST)
My wife, Holly (Maiden name "Platt") was childhood friends with Heidi Ratliff. Heidi was only 17 when she died in the crash. Holly hasn't been able to contact anyone in the family and I was hoping to help her re-connect. Perhaps she could find some healing in a reunion. She was too young at the time to make sense of any of it. If anyone out there can help her, I would appreciate it. God Bless you all for your strength and willingness to help those still coping with this tragedy.
Heath Wright <heathwright@excite.com>
Vian, OK USA
- Monday, January 03, 2011 at 18:46:26 (MST)
Wishing all our extended family and friends a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Please keep supporting our memorial website with your comments and, if possible, donations to help keep this website up and running. May God continue to bless you!!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 20:10:44 (MST)
I was 11 years old when this happened and have never forgotten. I didn't know anyone on the flight but have so much compassion for all who suffered a loss. God Bless You all.
- Monday, December 20, 2010 at 18:51:54 (MST)
I remember this warm, rainy summer day so clearly. I also remember the breaking news reports coming over the local news. Everytime I drive to Metro Airport I think about this tragedy and all of the people impacted by it. I did not know anyone who perished but they and their families and in my thoughts and prayers at this time. God Bless.
Susan McKay <smckay64@gmail.com>
South Lyon, MI USA
- Thursday, December 16, 2010 at 18:05:10 (MST)
While I have no personal connection to this crash, when I saw the Air Crash Investigation of this crash my heart sunk. Those who tragically lost their lives you will always be remembered. Also the lone survivor, I hope one day will speak publicly about how this situation impacted her life. It was still hard to believe anyone came out of that alive. RIP!
Chicago, IL USA
- Tuesday, November 16, 2010 at 06:52:35 (MST)
I remember this day vividly. Even though I was only in 7th grade I still understood what a tragedy this was. I still think about it often and I am truly sorry for all the losses these families had to endure. It teaches us all, that if you do not give 100% in everything you do, unavoidable mistakes like this, can happen. My prayers and thoughts are with the victims and their families. God Bless!
White Lake, MI USA
- Wednesday, October 20, 2010 at 13:47:14 (MDT)
Over 23 years ago, at only 22 years old, I missed Flight 255 on Sunday August 16, 1987. I'm 45 now. Back then at 22, I sat on that gridlocked freeway, as my mother suffered through the Phoenix evening watching the news helplessly. We had no cell phones at that time, and I essentially had no safe way away from the car to even hope to get word to her. She -- and other members of my family -- were spared from the agony that you all live each year, and every day. I visit the Phoenix 255 Memorial down at the Civic Center "often", a couple of times a year. It's weathered and aged... but I read each of your loved-ones names... and I *DO* respect your huge losses. I respect that more than many can know. I wish Peace to you all.
Paul F. Valentine, V. <pvalentine88@yahoo.com>
Litchfield Park, AZ USA
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 21:57:06 (MDT)
Thank you, David for your supportive comments. It is VERY TRUE that part of our healing process was the connection that was developed between many family members and some of the rescue workers from the crash. Many of us have made contact with families and survivors of other air crashes as well. Those connections remain to this very day. We've become in essence, extended family. I truly feel this further demonstrates that the healing process will be on-going for the rest of our lives. It is something we will never forget and that we've had to learn to live with. It has helped turn such a tragic, negative situation into something positive; a bit of a "light at the end of the tunnel." But, that light won't be completely visible until we join our loved ones we lost. Thanks again for your support. Tony Zanger, N.W. Flight 255 Family Member
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, October 19, 2010 at 19:07:56 (MDT)
Although I have no personal connection to this crash, I do remember when it happened and was in awe at the lone survivor. There's a great book that was written by a Woman whose husband was on the airplane - "After the Crash/Northwest Flight 255 August 16, 1987". I'm so glad that a memorial was built on the site. I recently completed a documentary film about another terrible air tragedy - the 1978 crash of PSA Flight 182 in San Diego. A tragic event for everyone involved, but a wonderful thing happened as a result of the film - it was the first time for many people that they were given a forum to talk about that terrible day and because of that, they are now at peace and are able to complete the grieving and healing process. One thing I discovered while making this film is that people who were dirctly effected by the crash - family members and rescue workers - needed to talk about their experience as part of the healing process. I have brought many people together who would never have had the opportunity to share their experience with others and it has been a wonderful experience for them to talk to people who share that tragic common bond. I hope this memorial page helps people find peace. This is a terrific site! Dave Fresina.
David Fresina <specwrite@aol.com>
Hull, MA USA
- Sunday, October 17, 2010 at 07:22:54 (MDT)
My wife and I worked this crash with the Civil Air Patrol. I was working for a company at Detroit Metro and I had just got off work when I reported for duty at the crash scene. I have only a few memories of my time working at the crash scene and at the NOMAD hanger later. It was the first time I had ever been part of something of that significance and I was in awe of everyone's profesionalism and hard work. I remember that no one complained and wanted to do as much as possible to help with whatever was asked of them. Thank God there are people in the world that can handle time like the crash.
Mark Oldham <odyseygolfer@yahoo.com>
Chesterfield, MI USA
- Saturday, October 16, 2010 at 04:56:54 (MDT)
Like others, I remember this crash vividly because of the Detroit-Phoenix connection. I had moved to Phoenix from Detroit 7 years earlier. I remember that 3 people from my office were in the Detroit area for business and/or vacation and all were due back in the office the next day - Monday. I was convinced that one of them was on that ill-fated flight, but believe it or not none of them were. Also, my mom and I had flown Northwest flight 252 - I think - about 10 days earlier - it left earlier in the evening - and I remember thinking, gosh, could any of that crew been on the 255 flight? There was lots of coverage in Phoenix, naturally, and especially focused on the Cichan family as the dad taught at Arizona State. It was just truly horrible. Now I travel to Detroit regularly and often fly right over the circle of trees marking the memorial. I always think of your loved ones and we keep the surviving family in our prayers still.
Jan Krygier <jkrygier@resolutions-esp.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Friday, October 15, 2010 at 16:03:29 (MDT)
I was living in Westland at the time and going to church there as well with my mom and sister. My mom lived in Huron Twp and had just left my house after a Sunday night Church Service. She hadn't been gone more than 10-15 minutes when the news broke that 255 had crashed on Middlebelt road at 94. Middlebelt road was the road my mom took home from my house. My heart went into my shoes. I called her and the phone rang and rang. I caught her walking in the door. She had no idea what had just happened but as near as we can figure she must have just cleared that over pass by just a couple minutes when it happenes. I was both thankful and deeply shocked and saddened. It was one of those days where you never forget where you were. I think of Cecilia so often and wonder where she is and what her life is like. My heart still goes out to all of those who lost someone that horrible night.
Debbie Wicker <mpp_dwicker@sbcglobal.net>
Southgate, MI USA
- Thursday, October 14, 2010 at 18:42:20 (MDT)
My grandpa harry brown lost his life in the crash, I miss him I never met him I really wish I did. But he is with god now I will eventully meet him.
joe adams <gotgo44@aol.com>
westland, mi USA
- Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 23:19:31 (MDT)
I don't know what provoked me to find this website some 23 years after the crash ... my wife Claire & I lived across the street in Mesa, AZ from Bill and Kathy Best & their 3 children. We still think of them often; I distinctly remember Bill & Kathy being stand-up people ... very likeable. Billy Jr ... a little redhead who called his younger sister 'Hil-wee' because that was his best pronunciation. Adorable Hillary was a giggler who laughed almost uncontrollably when I would hang her tricycle up in a palm tree in our front yard. And Katelyn ... she was just an infant - very beautiful. To the Best's extended family - please know that we think of all 5 of them often and we are sorry that we never reached out to you in your time of loss back in 1987. God bless you all and Bill, Kathy & the children - know that they will never be forgotten. Claire & Tom Hart San Ramon, CA
Tom Hart <tom@tomhart.com>
San Ramon, CA USA
- Thursday, October 07, 2010 at 00:06:44 (MDT)
I was in the parking lot getting a rental car when this happened, would have gotten on the freeway just where the plane went down. It all happened so fast but I'll never forget it. I think being there has changed my life more than I will ever admit or fully understand. I've recently been thinking about the crash again, but what I experienced can't be anything compared to the people who lost family members to that flight. God's peace be with you.
Tim Chandler <timnchandler@earthlink.net>
Hemet, CA USA
- Tuesday, October 05, 2010 at 08:57:57 (MDT)
Forever missing my friend Sande Garriott.
Susan Sinda Roobinson <funnestnan@hotmail.com>
Lake City, Mi USA
- Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 07:24:13 (MDT)
I check in with this site every few years and it's amazing how many folks are still moved to leave messages over 23 years later. August of '87 I was 28 and working in a large hotel. We of course were all shocked and saddened by the accident and loss, but like much of the rest of the world we were thrilled by news of a survivor. The hotel sponsored a giant "get well" card for Cecelia that sat in the lobby and was big as a room divider. Hundreds of employees and guests alike signed the card with heart-felt wishes. I don't remember what I wrote nor do I think the card could be practically delivered but everybody's heart was in the right place. Cecelia if you still read these comments - it was wonderful to scroll down and read your 2004 message. The Internet reveals you've grown into a fine young woman, a college graduate with a postitive attitude and fulfilled life. Every now and then seeing a miracle helps us wrestle with our own lives and still maintain a bit of optimism. I'm so sorry for what happened but thank you for your example and inspiration. Thank ALL of you for your inspiration and God bless always.
Scott <propjetelectra@yahoo.com>
Tulsa, OK USA
- Sunday, October 03, 2010 at 00:51:30 (MDT)
Because I was not living during the time of the crash (I was born in 1995), the only connection I have to the flight is that one of my mom's friends in law school was going back to Arizona on Flight 255 from her class reunion in Detroit. It's an interesting and very sad story, and I feel for everyone who died in the crash, and their loved ones too. Also, if you haven't yet checked it out, National Geographic's Air Crash Investigation made a documentary about Flight 255. It's really well done, and it was great to hear from some of the rescue people such as Jim Thome and Tim Schroeder, and to see that the tragic event has not been forgotten.
Sam <sammyboy13@gmail.com>
Minneapolis, MN USA
- Monday, September 27, 2010 at 21:18:25 (MDT)
I was on a plane at that airport getting ready to take off that very same night. My parents and I were heading back to Seattle. I was 10 years old. If I remember correctly, we were disembarked from the plane and went inside the airport. I seem to remember seeing aid cars and fire trucks driving down the runway. Maybe I'm imagining this, or maybe I saw it too, but remember fire. I remember people screaming and crying in the airport. My parents took me to another terminal rather quickly. When we read the news about Cecelia, I was both touched and devastated being a child myself. I was so saddened. I know that I wrote and sent her a letter, don't remember exactly what I said, but probably something about how sorry I was for her losing her family. My heart goes out to each and every one of you who lost someone on that night in that place where I was. It truly impacted me regardless of not knowing anyone personally who was on the flight. God bless, and may those who passed on rest forever in peace.
Aimee <tears_n_rain@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA
- Monday, September 27, 2010 at 21:08:05 (MDT)
I was working at the Ramada Inn at the airport the night of the crash. I will never forget it and would love to come to a memorial one day. John Thiede was one of the fireman that found Ceceila, he also worked at the Ramada. I'm glad to see that this tradegy has not been forgotten.
carey a milewski (abad) <milewskiv@bellsouth.net>
sharpsburg, ga USA
- Sunday, September 26, 2010 at 08:18:06 (MDT)
I knew Frank J Vlazny (National Merit Scholar from Chicago Illinois) at MSU in 1969. I just Googled his name 9/1/10 and discovered he died on this flight. I know he had a sister but have not been able to locate her. I know his father Otto died in 2000 but I do not know if his mother Marge is still alive and perhaps in Fla. I understand that Frank's 2 infant sons have been raised in good hands and have attended colleges in Mich. My blessings and love to them.
Bonnie Hoover Jansen
Clinton , MI USA
- Sunday, September 12, 2010 at 00:15:25 (MDT)
Today would have been Hidi Ja's 40th Birthday! So I wanted to post a HAPPY BIRTHDAY to her here today! Love You and Miss you so much Baby Girl!
Mary Ann Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Saturday, September 04, 2010 at 17:10:21 (MDT)
Wow...It's been over 23 years since this tragedy and I still remember it like it was yesterday. I still have the newspaper clipping. So sad to see all those young people die. Plane crashes are horrific. Prayers to all the families and to that little girl who survived.
Rachael Sinclair <sinclair0079@hotmail.com>
windsor, on canada
- Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 14:42:09 (MDT)
My Prayers to the Families of this tragic loss.I grew up with one of the passangers, Carol Cohen.She was the sister of a very dear friend of mine.I remember this day like it was yesterday.I lived 20 minutes from the crash site at the time.It was horrific! My Thoughts and Prayers are with the Families.THe Passangers and crew of flight 255 will never be forgotten.Debbie Robbins
Debbie Robbins <chanmansmom@cox.net>
San DIego, Ca USA
- Friday, August 20, 2010 at 03:26:42 (MDT)
My sister, Janine Martin, was a passenger on Flt 255. Her class built a memorial in her honor, 23 years ago. Last week-end my son, a brick layer in Michigan, refurbished her memorial that was crumbling. As it turned out he had to start from square one. It was completed with the help of family and friends. It's so lovely and her memory will live on for many more years to come. It is located on the school property at the east end of the football field in Merrill, Michigan where she attended school. She was a fun-filled person and won the prize for travelling the furtherest for her 10th class reunion that weekend so many years ago. I saw her on Aug 16, 1987 in the afternoon as she headed for Detroit Metro. Little did I know she would be gone forever that evening. We all miss her and this memorial means so much to our family. I would like to thank my son, Erick and my daughter, Bridget and all those who helped make it possible to reconstruct a new memorial. Other family members were not able to make it for the construction of the new memorial but we knew they were there in thought and prayer. Thank you for all for everything. Her spirit lives on.
Julie (Martin) Gordon <julieflies737@hotmail.com>
Sandy, Ut USA
- Wednesday, August 18, 2010 at 10:31:35 (MDT)
My cousins daughter was on the flight the Northwest Flight. But to my sister and myself she was more than second cousin. For my sister, she thought of her as almost like a daughter. As I sat with the family during those devasting days, I was amazed by the dignity and strength they had to endure all the aftermath. A piece of their puzzle was missing, a wonderful girl full of laughter and love, who to this day is remembered by many who had the honor of loving her. I will always remember the last time I saw you Joanne, on a family vacation when you can to Florida. I know that it broke Carol"s heart as if she had lost her own child. I know that you have found each other and you are laughing and they way you used to do. You have an amazing strong family, that honors you every year. Your Cousin Lynda
lynda nicolette <lnicolett3@cox.net>
ocala, fl USA
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 20:53:00 (MDT)
Thank you, everyone for your kind thoughts on the 23rd anniversary of the crash of N.W. Flight 255. We are extremely grateful for the support we have received these past years as the vigils come together. We thank The Salvation Army for always being there with us at our yearly Memorial Vigils...we consider them part of our family. We thank Rev. Jim Wieging who continues to be a source of support to our family and friends at the vigil each year, as he reads the names and offers a prayer in memory of our dear loved ones. We can't forget Rev. Ron Lund, who, like Fr. Jim, was with us from that first night. Rev. Lund is unable to attend, due to on-going health issues. I could go on and on. But, ALL who come together are now "extended family", and as Fr. Jim said last night, "we didn't ask to become a family, but we were brought together (because of the crash)to be a family..." He couldn't have said it any better! And, to those family members who have posted comments over the past few days, PLEASE be assured that your loved ones are remembered each year; no one is forgotten. We know that, although you may not be there physically, you ARE there in spirit, and we feel your presence each year. Also know that YOU ARE NEVER ALONE!! We are ALL FAMILY. I truly believe this is the greatest living memorial we have to our loved ones which demonstrates that "Their Spirits Live On." They are and will always remain in our hearts and minds forever. May God Bless all of you and nay God Bless our 156 loved ones who died in the crash of N.W. Flight 255.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 20:47:40 (MDT)
My prayers go out to all the familys...We lost a true friend on flight 255..Carol Cohen.. my sisters and i all grew up with her and her sisters we were like family..she is so missed..It seems like yesterday we were all together..My thoughts are with all on this Day of rememberence...YOU ALL OUR NOT FORGOTTEN...
kelly miller <kmiller8894@yahoo.com>
morgantown, wv USA
- Tuesday, August 17, 2010 at 15:46:14 (MDT)
My older sister was a flight attendant on Flight 255 the night of the crash. 1 year or 23 years later--I still think about her & miss her every single day--especially today Aug 16th. Thinking about you today Pam. I miss you & I love you.
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 22:30:55 (MDT)
I Remember.. I lived right there, Just got home and then it happened. I kinda had a strange feeling this morning, I took my boyfriend to the airport this morning,And that feeling hit me Today 23 years ago, My prayers are with you all
M Baker <dana10700@sbcglobal.net>
Detroit, Mi USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 21:31:52 (MDT)
Many of you may not have read this poem which was written by a stranger on that fateful night. My son George and grandson James were on flight 255. They are always in our hearts and on our minds. This poem has a special place in our home and in our hearts. Jean and George Amabile Final Flight Where was God, is He still alive? Was His back turned to the boarding of flight 255? They came from many places to catch this Phoenix-bound flight,that was scheduled to take off into a turbulent night. God is forever, He is the beginning and the end. He boarded the plane and rode with them, my friend. In the heart of each person on flight 255 whose ticket read "Phoenix", but was destined for the sky. In a matter of minutes, after leaving the ground,these temples they lived in were strewn all around. But their spirits kept climbing to an airport on high where time does not matter and nobody dies. Suddenly a voice filled with love and so clear, said, "This is your Captain, our destination is near, The lights of that city are coming into view, where life without heartache is waiting for you." There was yet another voice, tender and kind, "Your runway is clear, Captian, see how it's lined. They are singing so sweetly, God is alive. Welcome home to Heaven, Flight 255." God bless the person who wrote this poem, whom ever you are.
George N. Amabile <gna068@yahoo.com>
Clark, NJ USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 20:32:49 (MDT)
Another year has come and (now) gone. I hope the memorial vigil went well for the family and friends of Flight 255. I haven't been able to make it down the last few years, but you haven't been far from my thoughts, especially tonight.
Chris Freytag <cfreytag@earthlink.net>
Metamora, MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 20:15:12 (MDT)
My brother-in-law was First Officer David Dodds. Our thoughts and prayers are lifted today for all on that flight and their families and friends whose lives were forever changed on that day. Dave had 4 young sons and a beautiful wife to live for. God Bless Flight 255. We miss you Dave!
Linda Dodds <ldd5@mail.com>
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 20:07:58 (MDT)
Three years ago, I covered the 20th anniversary memorial for C & G Newspapers and was fortunate to meet many kind people impacted by this tragedy. My thoughts are with you tonight. Take care.
Cortney Casey <ccasey@candgnews.com>
Macomb, MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 18:44:46 (MDT)
I've thought about this crash often even though I had no personal connection to anyone on board. Thoughts are with all of you especially on this day. God Bless All Of You! <3
Gino Ughetti <ginou@yahoo.com>
Springfield, MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 18:44:20 (MDT)
My thoughts are with the families and individuals who lost their lives on Northwest flight 255 this evening. Its hard to believe it was 23 years ago. I didn't know anyone on the airliner but will never forget that tragic night. May their souls rest in peace.
David E Laski <delaski@hotmail.com>
Royal Oak , MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 16:50:35 (MDT)
I'd like to let every single person who lost a loved one in this crash know that you're all on my mind today and everyday. I will say a prayer in honor of Cecilia and all of those who died 23 years ago tonight. God bless you always and forever.
Angelica <sharon_14520@msn.com>
Oakhurst, NJ USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 16:02:02 (MDT)
I ve worked with Chris Gleason 20+ years (Chris is son of Patrick Gleason). His father was on Northwest Flight 255 that crashed on August 16, 1987 just before 9pm. I still remember the TV reports and all the coverage. Peace to the Gleason family and all those that lost loved ones that tragic day.
Mike R
Howell, MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:19:24 (MDT)
I knew no one onboard Flight 255. However, I remember those who died anyway. It's good to hear how Cecelia made it through and now lives a great life. Hard to believe it's 23 years since the plane went down in Detroit. I was born in 1996, so I never knew about it. Cecelia, I bet your parents and brother are very proud of you. In remembrance of the 156 killed on August 16, 1987.
Miami, Florida USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:10:47 (MDT)
Today marks the 23rd year anniversary of Flight 255. My heart goes out to everyone who's lost a loved one. I remember this tragedy like it was yesterday and everytime i'm at Metro Airport i visit the crash site.If the First Officer's routine had not been interrupted he would have set the flaps and this disaster would not have occured. God bless you all.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 11:05:35 (MDT)
I was at 16 Mile and Groesbeck and heard on the radio there was an airplane crash - a plane going to Arizona. My cousin Lisa Polec Klaft was heading back home to Arizona that day. I raced home and called my mother, asking "Was Lisa on this flight?" All I heard on the other end of the line was someone softly crying - my grandmother. My mother had already left to go to my Aunt's house. I know my pain has resided after all these years but the wonderful memories I have of Lisa will never be diminished. Peace to all of the familes of friends of this tragedy. Nancy E. Flower
Nancy Flower <n.flower@yahoo.com>
St. Clair Shores, MI USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 08:59:29 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the victims and families today. My brother Doug was on board Flight 255. His 4 daughters ages 1,3,5 & 7 (at the time) have grown into remarkable beautiful women because of the dedication and love of their mother who loved Doug very much. We lost much more than loved ones that evening. May God bless us all.
Susan <momrph@sbcglobal.net>
burton, mi USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 08:58:38 (MDT)
I love and miss you my beautiful angelic sister Debbie. OO XXX.
Karyn O'Connell <karynmichele14@hotmail.com>
Morris Plains, NJ USA
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 06:13:21 (MDT)
You are not forgotten!
Bruce Bennitt <blbennitt@core.com>
- Monday, August 16, 2010 at 05:15:17 (MDT)
Remembering Mildred Avedisian......the years have not diminished the loss or the love.
Erich Avedisian <avedis@frontiernet.net>
Geneseo, NY USA
- Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 23:00:24 (MDT)
Thinking of all of you on this day.
john <ff4126@aol.com>
mi USA
- Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 22:07:34 (MDT)
To my big sister Debbie: As I visited your resting spot today I know you were there with me and I miss and love you very much. My life has and never will be the same without you and as I light a candle tomorrow nite at 8:46pm for you, the passengers, their families and Cecile, I know you will be with me. I promise to you that I am coming to your Memorial Site for your 24th anniversary since you were 24yrs old when you were taken away from us. You are my angel and know you are watching over me and the rest of our family. XOXO
Karyn O'Connell <karynmichele14@hotmail.com>
Morris Plains, NJ USA
- Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 12:26:00 (MDT)
Thank you to all who have organized the memorial gatherings each year at the crash site. I know I can speak for myself and my family, that those of us who can't make it to Detroit each year, appreciate all the time and effort that goes into planning these important memorial gatherings. My aunt has gone many times and it's getting harder for her to do so the older she gets. But, she is the one who took my sister, Janine Martin, to the airport that night. Janine was heading home to Phoenix after attending her 10th class reunion. She had such a good time in Michigan, but was happy to be coming back to her friends and family in Arizona. I had asked her to move with me to Phoenix in 1982 and she loved the idea of a new adventure. She had made many friends in Arizona and always loved to have fun. She made friends wherever she went and was so happy to go back and see all of her friends in Michigan. There were 100 people on that plane from Phoenix, and some of us go to downtown Phoenix to see the memorial with their names on it. The memorial is in front of city hall for all to see. This weekend my nephew is rebuilding a brick memorial at Janine's high school in Merrill, Michigan, where she had gone for her class reunion. Several of my sisters, nieces and nephews are there to help him with this tribute. A big Thank You to all my family who is there this weekend. Thank you, again, to all of you in Michigan who organize this gathering each year. Know that many of us in Phoenix and around the country wish we could be there. Know that we are there in spirit. We all remember in our own ways and pay tribute to their lives every day. I think of my sister every day. I wish I could talk to her and laugh with her. I have lots of sisters to laugh with, but all six of us miss her. I miss her singing, her drumming, her funny personality. The last time I saw her, I kissed her goodbye and wished for her to have a good time at the reunion. I remember her standing on my mother's front porch waving goodbye as I drove away. That was my last image of her. Now, my mother is gone, and we laugh that the two of them are partying together. I know they are watching over us and telling us not to be sad. The pain gets easier to deal with, but the loss is still there. Janine, and everyone else on that plane, is missed and loved every single day.
Michele Smith <mms7997@msn.com>
Phoenix, USA
- Sunday, August 15, 2010 at 10:23:13 (MDT)
My thoughts go out to all the other families who lost ones special to them. I will not be able to attend and ask that you remember my family, Mary and Sam Scott, for myself and the rest of my family. After many years of heartbreak and sadness, I was able to visit the Memorial and must admit it helped my healing very much. I know we will never forget those lost that sad day in August. Flight 255 we miss you!!
Rob Scott <saulosirds@aol.com>
Augusta, MI USA
- Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 19:12:46 (MDT)
I didn't know anyone on the flight but I was effected by it like most who post on this board. Some things I'll never forget, like that hot August Sunday night. My heart goes out to all who lost love ones and know each you more people than you know keep you in their thought sna prayers.
Jeff <magicalphoto@aol.com>
Macomb, MI USA
- Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 16:19:14 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Paula Cichan! I miss you terribly. You have a very beautiful daughter and am very pleased that she is doing really well. I'm sure you, Michael and David are very proud of her.
- Saturday, August 14, 2010 at 07:50:23 (MDT)
Thank you, Olga. We appreciate your kind thoughts. Please remember all of us - the victims,family members and ALL who were affected by this horrible tragedy, this coming Monday, August 16th, when we will observe the 23rd anniversary.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, August 13, 2010 at 20:36:54 (MDT)
i just can't believe this much time has passed. i have been flying for 36 yr's and started with North Central 1974. when the incident of #255 happened i had just had my 1st child and was on a leave. i didn't know if i would come back, because that was my airplane that i loved to fly. it hit me hard and it took more time to come back and to continue my career. may all of the families left behind find comfort and peace. we will never forget the lives that were taken, and our fellow crew member's you will never be forgotten. you are now all of our wing's and you will carry us until we meet again. God Bless each and every family that was effected by this terrible tragedy. God Bless Each and Everyone of You. Olga Douglass
Olga Douglass <douglass2@cox.net>
El Cajon, Ca USA
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 20:54:49 (MDT)
I did not know anyone on this flight, however I do remember the night it happened. I lived at the time west of Flint and was traveling home from work when hearing about it on the radio. Years later, in my new town and home in the southwest part of Michigan, I became friends with someone who lost her brother on this flight. I prayed for these people then and I still pray for all those affected.
Jackie Brazo <pm2brazo@verizon.net>
Sturgis, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 14:05:22 (MDT)
Thank you, Rick, for your kind wishes and for thinking of us.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Monday, August 09, 2010 at 20:49:59 (MDT)
Just wanted to offer my condolensces and prayers - and will be thinking of you during the vigil (I personally did not know anyone on the flight but as a young person at the time this still stays with me and again just want to offer simple condolensces to anyone effected)
Rick Kelly <rickkell@gmail.com>
New York, NY USA
- Saturday, August 07, 2010 at 20:43:35 (MDT)
Hello friends and families of Flight 255, I wanted to email you and ask your permission to attend the service on August 16th. I did not lose anyone in the tragedy and this is why I want to be very sensitive about participating in your intimate, personal memorial service. I am working on a documentary about the 17 sole survivors of commuter plane crashes and I feel it is critical to not just remember those who survived but also those who were lost. In fact, one of my greatest concerns is making sure that the lives those who were lost are not forgotten or overlooked. If any of you would be willing to share memories of your loved ones, I'd value the opportunity to carry on their memory and preserve your stories. We will be respectful and certainly will not tape anything that you do not want us to. Most likely it will just be myself and one other person. If you won't be there, but would like to share your feelings and reflections on the flight and your loss, I'd be happy to find another time to come and meet you. I'm also very happy to answer any questions that you may have about our project and our efforts to preserve the memories of your loved ones. My best to you and to the lives of the beautiful people who were lost.. Ky Dickens
Ky Dickens <kydickens@gmail.com>
Chicago, IL United States
- Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 15:14:39 (MDT)
In loving memory of DEANNA PRESTI!! I have just found this memorial and website. I went to school with DeAnna Presti. We were in Poston Jr High together. She past just before we started High school. I have never forgotten DeAnna and have thought of her many times thoughout the years. When we graduated high school, at my 10 year high school reunion, when I got married and when I had both of my daughters. She passed away after my birthday so every year I remember her. I would like to let everyone know that DeAnna was a sweetheart. I remember her sitting in Algebra beind me. As we waited for our class to start she taught me how to put on mascara. HA HA HA!!! I know this sounds funny but we were young little teenagers. A simple thing like mascara was so exciting. When I heard of the crash and that she was on the plane I didn't come out of my room for awhile. I didn't know her family and at that time there was no internet or way of me letting them know how sorry I was for their loss. If you are reading this and you are DeAnna's family please know that she touched my heart way back then. She was sweet, kind, and funny. While all the cheerleaders were well being cheerleaders.... DeAnna, myself, and a few other girls started a pep squad. We had a ball. We laughed, dressed up like the Poston Panther, and frankly made fun of the stuck up girls. I will continue to miss her everyday. She was beautiful, warm and funny!!! RIP in Dee dee. I have never and will never forget you. xoxoxox
Denise Davis <nroode@cox.net>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Sunday, July 25, 2010 at 20:10:06 (MDT)
We Remember our 156 loved ones...It is now less than one month until we gather at our memorial site in Romulus, Mi, for our yearly vigil to commemorate the 23rd anniversary of the crash of NW Flight 255. We will begin to gather around 7 p.m., August 16th at the site located at Middlebelt and I-94 Roads. If you plan to attend, we suggest you park at one of the restaurants along Middlebelt Rd., and walk to the site. Bring a lawn chair, flashlight and mosquito repellant, as those little pests always seem to invade us! Please use caution, as this is a busy intersection. The simple service will begin at 8:46 p.m., the time the crash occurred. All are welcome!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 20:29:44 (MDT)
Its hard to believe its been 22 years since the tragety, I find myself,still missing my best friend, Lisa Polec Klaft.
Dawn <dmg15530@yahoo.com>
St. Hgts, MI USA
- Thursday, July 01, 2010 at 13:04:48 (MDT)
My sister and I were visiting my grandfather in Allen Park the night of the plane crash and I will never forget that terrible night. I have often thought of Cecelia and am glad to hear that she is doing well. I pray for comfort for all of the people who lost friends and loved ones on that flight.
Vero Beach, FL USA
- Thursday, June 24, 2010 at 19:15:27 (MDT)
"We Remember..." Seven weeks and we will be observe the 23rd anniversary of this air disaster. We will be gathering at the memorial site - Middlebelt and I-94 Roads in Romulus, MI, the evening of August 16th, with the short vigil service beginning at 8:46 p.m., which is the time the crash occurred. You are welcome to join us. More as the date approaches.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at 21:09:12 (MDT)
I lost no one on Northwest 255. However, I pray for those who did. Cecelia, if you read this, know that your mother, father and brother are beaming upon you. They are so proud of you for the wonderful young woman you've become. Out of all the wreckage was a glimmer of hope. In memory of the 156 people killed on that unforgettable night in August 1987. Love from Arizona (:
Tucson, AZ USA
- Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 19:42:14 (MDT)
Hi, I came across this site after thinking about Cecilia for many years. I have never forgotten her. Cecilia, I was in your brother, David's, kindergarten class when this crash happened. I don't remember much, but I remember how you survived. I've thought about you on and off for the past 23 years. I'm glad to hear that you are doing well and graduated with a psychology degree. God has blessed you and I hope that you continue to use your life here on earth to do good and help others. With love, Athena
Athena <athenacontes@hotmail.com>
- Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 14:16:55 (MDT)
Thinking about flight 255 and remembering my old friend Steve Brosnan. I saw this Intel commercial for the first time, which reminded me of Steve explaining email to me back in 1986 and how it would change the way the world communicates. http://video.intel.com/index.jsp?auto_band=x&rf;=sv&;fr_story=192a8d3c80ba2063773af32ec3ba2ee85c829c7d
Susy R <srotkis@hotmail.com>
Hampton , Va USA
- Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 13:37:38 (MDT)
To Kim's sister Cheryl it seems so long ago that we sat in study hall at Corunna H.S. talking about anything and everything,I feel terrible when I think about you losing your sister and Craig to such a avoidable tragedy. I hope that time has healed most of your wounds and you are living a good life. Take care, Dick
Richard "Dick" Johnson <rcjohnson55@sbcglobal.net>
Flint, MI USA
- Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 13:12:31 (MDT)
Remebering American Flight 191 today.
American 191
Chicago, IL USA
- Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 19:04:51 (MDT)
This was a sad tragedy. I thoughts are with those who lost loved ones.
CZhang <tasm2kx@gmail.com>
Auckland, New Zealand
- Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 01:32:09 (MDT)
Senekua Mays <senekuamays@yahoo.com>
detroit, mi USA
- Sunday, May 23, 2010 at 12:32:02 (MDT)
Hi, I want to say sorry to the victims famalies and friends to the crash of Northwest Airlines flight 255. I came across this website after watching Air Crash Investigation. I also feel sorry for Cecelia Cichan for this terrible event.
- Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 17:39:05 (MDT)
I just came across this sight today. I was 7 years old at the time living just north of Ecorse Rd and west of Merriman. It's strange that for YEARS, I've driven down Merriman road to the airport and everytime I see the I94 overpass, I think about this crash. I just want the families to know that we haven't forgotten that day.
Kim <kaycee214@hotmail.com>
- Monday, May 17, 2010 at 00:08:11 (MDT)
I also was reminded of the Detroit crash after the one the other day where the Dutch boy was the only survivor. I flew into Chicago the day before the Detroit crash and could not believe that little girl was found alive. I read a story about her a few years ago and that's what I was looking for when I ended up here. Funny how things work out sometimes...
Cathy Nelson <cathynelson2004@msn.com>
Clovis, NM USA
- Friday, May 14, 2010 at 14:10:56 (MDT)
Hearing of another plane crash with only a child survivor brought me here...I was visiting my Grandmother, Aunt and cousins in Michigan when this crash happened. I remember watching it on the news, in a daze. I flew out of Detroit the next day to come home to Florida. I was never so scared to fly in all my life. My Grandmother hugged me so hard when we said goodbye, she nearly knocked the wind out of me. Then I boarded the plane. I remember flying over the wreckage. I made myself look. I promised myself I would never take a hug, a smile, a moment for granted EVER. My condolences to the families of Flight 255, who are reliving these events through recent news as well, I am sure. God Bless you and bring you some peace.
Kellie <kelliebarragan@yahoo.com>
Wesley Chapel , FL USA
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 21:47:23 (MDT)
I had just turned 17 when this accident happened. I lived in Ohio at the time, but visited my relatives in Ann Arbor shortly after the crash. I have never forgotten this crash, or Cecelia. I always hoped and prayed she had a good life. My thoughts and prayers are with her and all of you who lost your loved ones in this tragic accident. God bless you.
Karen Manda
Tobyhanna, PA USA
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 11:40:06 (MDT)
The news today of a plane crash and the only survivor being a child immedately brought me back to August 16. I grew up in Grosse Pointe and remember the crash, I didn't know anyone directly although my mother had some business acquaintences who had relatives on the plane. Today one child survived the crash in Libya and that of course brought up the memory of Cecelia. August 16 is also the date Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley both passed, a sad day indeed. Peace be with all of you and RIP to those who are no longer with us.
Robert <bkchero@yahoo.com>
Davie, FL USA
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 10:27:34 (MDT)
"I am a pilot and since the late 60s have been studying post crash aircraft accident reports as a way of trying to improve my knowledge and skills as an aviator. I have worked for Boeing in the Renton and Everett Wa 747 manufacturing facilities. First and most glaring it is a common fact that the recording devices contained in the Black Boxes do not use tape for recording media (tape might melt in a fire) "accidentally tear the TAPE of the cockpit voice recorder right at the point one would hear the metalic click of the slats being set." The flight recorders use a metal media that is nearly indestrucable. Second if there was an eye witness to the fact that the flaps were extended many people besides the investigating members of the NTSB would be very interested to listen to the pilot witness especially the involved insurance companies, manufacturer of the plane and components, and of course the lawyers on all sides. The third part of the statement that dosnt add up is the author states the the NTSB would have heard the metalic (authors misspelling) click of the SLATS being set, (flaps and slats are different slats are installed at the leading edge of the wing, flaps at the trailing section, and the correct terms are extended and retracted to a selected position not simply "set" My sympathies to all the victims and survivors and their families of this tragic event.. -Glenn Tuttle"
n/a <iowahawk@mail.com>
- Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 07:51:50 (MDT)
I do not wish to pset anyone nor do i seek anything but possibly an understanding ear... I was born 10/16/1982 on the night of the crash i was living in North Andover, Mass. I was surrounded by family visting...I do not remember much of what happened until recently. I was told for many years of the following events. I came down the stairs upset crying. I saw the plane and that it was on fire... I saw the little girl... I told my mother at the age of four to please call the fire department, 911 the plane was crashing... My mother looked out of the window and saw nothing. with no where to send them she tried to calm me to no avail. My grandmother who was visiting suggested that we pray. we did, then a peace came over me and I went back upstairs to play... was not until the next morning that my mother got the paper and saw on the front page that there had been a plane crash and that the only person who survived was a girl close to my age... also were details I had given them, that noone else knew at the time( I chose not to add them I do NOT wish to up set or relive this very sad event for anyone.) I do have more thing s to say about this ,but will end with I do not know what if any Cecelia and I shared. Nor, do I understand why I could not (If I did at all) help everyone... I was there some how and remember it all now..I have never the courage to speak of this before. Please know that this is not a joke or a hoaks. I have no malous in me...
Dawn <Dawn_Katsoulis@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, May 05, 2010 at 21:00:12 (MDT)
I agree. I really admire Paula's sister and her husband that took her in, raised her and fiercely protected her from reporters and all sorts. They did a good job. Maybe someday Cecelia will come out and discuss what happened publicly, or maybe not, but we still need to respect her privacy. She is just a human being just like anybody else and should be treated like one. She was just really lucky to survive the crash but it must have been hard on her losing her immediate family. We love you, Cecelia!
- Friday, April 16, 2010 at 19:48:12 (MDT)
I come from a family of pilots and yet I am beyond scared to fly. And for some unknown reason I study NTSB reports, as though maybe if I know everything that could go wrong I can stop it. Rationally thinking, of course I know I can not. I came across the crash of Northwest 255 and the one surivivor, wondering how she did it, could I do it? What about all those people that passed away and left loves ones to grieve for them? Would they be obsessed with the survivor like I may be if I lost someone? I know about that also, because my fiance died in a car accident when our son was 3. And the man that did not have a license that killed him survived. Well, I became somewhat obsessed anyway. And now I understand why she has been so protected. I won't divulge what I know about her, what her last name is now that she has married, or what school she wants to get into, what state she lives in, what she looks like or anything else, out of respect for all the years and effort put into protecting her. But she seems to have a good head on her shoulders, a good husband and a bright future. She still cares about Northwest 255 and everyone affected by plane crashes in general, as she belongs to an organization that helps people through these situations. She must have been raised by loving, caring people that gave her all the help she needed in order to be the person she is today. It's an amazing story about an amazing girl!
Connecticut <CT123@yahoo.com>
Windsor, CT USA
- Friday, April 16, 2010 at 10:15:56 (MDT)
I have watched the remake of this accident in the National Geographic Channel called Air Crash Investigations. Just seeing the imagery of the show proves how much pain and suffering the people that are in this accident or have people related to this accident. Just reading the facts doesn't show the how much sadness that you guys have to endure. Once I saw the show, it makes a lot of sense and why the sadness of this accident did happen. This is a great site, and it must be in the internet for eons due to the lessons we need to learn. I always watch the show Air Crash Investigations because I know how much sadness and trouble that people face in their lifetime. I also watch this show to learn the lessons from those incidents and find a way to prevent them from happening again. What makes this accident different is the site itself and the interaction that I can have with the people who are related in this accident. So rest in peace of the passengers, crew, and the people on the ground. This is truly a site that I won't forget.
D Huang <masterdavid09@gmail.com>
Chicago, IL USA
- Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 14:15:56 (MDT)
I learned about this awful crash last night on a UK programme, to the 156 who died in this tragic accident, RIP. The utmost respect goes to all who run this site and tend to the memorial in Detroit. R Lagattolla
R Lagattolla <rlagattolla@yahoo.co.uk>
London, United Kingdom
- Wednesday, March 17, 2010 at 05:14:55 (MDT)
In the fall of 1972 I was beginning my senior year at Potsdam State College; one of my sorority sisters was marrying a man who'd graduated from Clarkson College, located in the same town. At the reception I was introduced to a handsome, blonde-haired senior named Bill. (Since his last name also began with "B," his engineering fraternity brothers nicknamed him "B Squared"!!) His mother had died much too young; his fiancee had changed her mind about marriage a few months earlier; so his roommate thought my vivacious personality would restore his humor and happiness. Our walks along the Racquette River picking up brightly colored leaves were ethereal; attending the Winter Weekend dance and final college get-togethers, unforgettable. Once a month he drove us to his sister's in Oswego; because she was several years older than Bill, she had become s motherly figure, and I helped do laundry for her four children. We played czrds on Saturday nights, and she subtly would ask what "our" future plans were. As I listened to Roberta Flack's songs, I HOPED that he would suggest an engagement ring as a graduation present - - but he was too excited to land a job in Detroit to consider marriage. In May he was hired by GM and shortly after, I was hired by a school near my hometown. Bill's sister, Joan Pontante, had become the sister I never had. I didn't want to lose this adopted family I had been accepted into by her husband, teenaged daughter and other three children; but by October, Bill was writing and calling me about his new job with GM, new apartment and car in Detroit - - and the PLANE he planned to save for. I didn't know how many more years it would take for him to realize he wanted me finally to be his companion - - so after one last phone call from him, I stopped writing. When I went to the Olympics in 1980, I stopped at Joan's. Although I had been married for five years, I had always wondered why her brother had written to me after we had parted ways, hadd asked if we could still write yet wouldn't make a commitment. She said he had told her that I seemed to have lost interest, that he thought I no longer cared as much as I had. A few years later she called to say her brother had finally gotten married, to a local girl named Kathy. I was relieved; I had my family now and was glad that he, too, would have a companion for the rest of his life. By August of 1987, I had a seven-year-old adopted child, husband and new house. On August 17th, I received a phone call from Bill's college roommate, relating to me the events of the night before. I never discovered how he found out my married name and phone number, but I quivered as I grabbed my book of phone numbers and called Joan. Here we were, two women in shock discussing what few details she had been given at that point; I waited until after the funeral services were over to speed 3 1/2 hours to her house. I knew she needed someone in the ensuing days to repeat the events to, to sit up late with - - to try to find some meaning from a shocking, meaningless event. After Bill Best had finally married Kathy, they eventually moved to Arizona after his numerous promotions; in a short time, he finally would have gotten that last promotion to the corporate level in Detroit. They had a son, Billy, who was going to be back in time to start school. Hillary was around two; and the baby, Katelyn, had just been christened while they had visited the Oswego area. "At one fell swoop" - - an entire family gone within seconds. We pored through every Arizona and Detroit newspaper we could locate, as well as the national magazines. Like you, we were horrified when we read details. Joan's husband repeatedly said, "God gathers the most beautiful flowers to make an exquisite bouquet." That surely helped to sustain us. People often say, "It will get better"; however, I lost my only child three years ago and I still experience the same emotions. I will always feel connected to the Flight 255 crash. I am so proud of the families who organized the National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation. There are countless numbers of people alive today because of your efforts. This also gave Joan a mission: not only has she and the Alliance/Foundation discussed specific actions to take to ensure safety, but she flew to the Pentagon to counsel grieving families. Though many of us are strangers to you, we will NEVER forget this disaster. I explained it to 19 of my English classes when I taught; and I hope they will continue throughout their lives to insist that every flight is SAFE in future years. Blessings
Carla Packer Gilray <clgilray@yahoo.com>
Bolivar, NY USA
- Sunday, March 07, 2010 at 08:06:04 (MST)
Ditto, Stephen!!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, February 26, 2010 at 19:24:21 (MST)
Thank you, family, for this site. Sometimes I go to it to reflect and remember LL the good times I had with my Dad,"Lew" Dresch. Mom called him "Lewie". 20+ years later and it still brings a tear...ok..tears to my eyes when I think of Dad. He's up there tellin' me (and I can hear him), "Oh, jeeez, Garf (nickname 4 me) that 7 seconds of terror ended SOOO long ago. I'm OK and have been with all of you whenever you think of me." Perhaps that is just me hoping that he is fine. But then I remember the gift of "THESE RAINBOWS" - a personal assurrance to me that everything is alright. The Flight 255 Family knows of which I "speak". Dad, I still miss you each day but know that you are there to guide me in very special ways. Thanks to everyone for all of the kind and thoughtful posts through the years. They are ALL very much appreciated. To the Flight 255 T.S.L.O. family, I love you all and am grateful that we do have each other. We may have lost special loved ones, but I know that Lew Dresch would want me, his son, to also know that we ALL gained a loving family in one another.
Stephen Dresch <stevedresch@yahoo.com>
Tarzana, CA USA
- Monday, February 22, 2010 at 01:47:43 (MST)
I remember the night of this crash like it was yesterday. My friends were on their way back from the Detroit area for college at WMU, in Kalamazoo. I did not know if I-94 was impacted at all, but thank God it wasn't. All the people on the highway were spared. However, it was awful that everyone on the plane was killed except for one little girl. I remember her name is Cecelia. Then, just a few weeks ago I was reading an article on another plane crash in "Popular Mechanics" magazine.(the Dec 2009 issue) It mentioned the Flight 255 crash as a crash that occured after pilot error. This article listed the crash as having NO Survivors. I remember that Cecelia's mother shielded her from the fire during/after the crash and that is probably how she survived. It would be nice to have as many people write to Popular Mechanics and remind them tat this crash had a survivor, and if anyone knows, tell them where/how she is today, and that she will always be thought of in this nation's eyes as apecial. Wherever you are, Cecelia, you are thought of and prayed for, AND IT IS UNFORTUNATE that you have had to grwo up without your immediate family.
Karen Conner-Beck <dozerandkaren@ymail.com>
Parchment, MI USA
- Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 20:31:18 (MST)
All those involved and their loved ones are always remembered in our prayers. We lived in MI when this happened and will never forget. I see the site and say a prayer each time we come home.
Joseph Russell <joe@russellsa.com>
San Antonio, TX USA
- Wednesday, February 10, 2010 at 11:50:29 (MST)
I am a long time resident of the Romulus area. I grew up there, and graduated High School there. I so distinctly remember that evening of the crash. I was 8 years old at the time, and remember hearing such a loud noise that evening....it was still light out side, we lived in a subdivision off of Eureka Rd and Middlebelt Rd, (runways litterally across the street from the sub) and I can remember soon after that horrible loud noise hearing emergency vehicles....still not knowing what had happened, and then the news came on. My parents told us what happened....I remember feeling so sick in the pit of my stomach at the thought of all those people dying...wondering if anyone we knew was on that plane. I to this day remember the name of the little girl who survived. I drive past the memorial site often and think of that horrible event nearly 23 years ago. I hope those so directly affected have been able to find some peace in the years that have passed knowing there are so many out there who have not forgotten their loved ones.
Angie Parks <angelamt279@aol.com>
Belleville, MI USA
- Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at 13:10:51 (MST)
I grew up with Hidi, she was the only big sister I had, and the last best friend I will Ever have. She was my role model, and he only one I ever knew who could put my father in line and get away with it. She taught me everything growing up, until my father moved us out of Santa Ana to Oregon. We didn't keep in as good of touch as I'd have liked, but she was always on my mind. I didn't take leaving California well at all, especiially my family and those as my family like her. Hidi and her mom moved out of our neighborhood first, when her mom Mary Ann moved in with and later married Orville McGee. Though they just moved a few miles away, it was still very hard and sad for me, I was used to rushing over to her house every day. We stll saw eachother, but not near as much as all the years before. But Orville was a great guy and all of us in the neighborhood were happy Mary Ann and Orville found such wonderous happiness with one another, even tough it did cause a little jealousy with Hidi, Orville was the type of guy you couldn't not like. Hidi's parentsdivorced when she was really young. If I remember right, she and her mom moved out to California from Ohio after the divorce, her dad remained and owned a bar there in Toledo. They would travel back every so often so she could spend time with her dad which she loved to do, of coarse she Loved California too. Hidi was the only "child star" in our neighborhood, because she was beautiful inside as well as out. Like Jon-Bonet, the purest of beautiful ones seem to have their lives cut short too soon, which is a great loss to our society, however the angels may fall. They have to irst physically fall before spiritually they can fly! I remember the birthdays, they were always something ne and fun. Her 15th was the last one I got to spend with her, she had a pool party at their new house. I felt ike a Fool wearing a "dress" for that party, being 100% tom-boy, but for Hidi, there's nothing I wouldn't do. Thank God it wasn't for long before we were in the pool and I was out of that dress! Anyway, we moved to Oregon in December of 1985 -Hidi was 15 and I was 12 1/2. Because I was not handling the move well at all, my father agreed to allow my mother and I to take a trip over to Hawaii in the hopes it would help me ease into the transition, so that month my mother and I spent in Hawaii, when the tragidy happened. We had flown over on a Norhtwest airline plane very much like the one Hidi was on, and were schedulled to fly back on the same kinda plane. I remember hearing about flight 255 and what had happened and I was terrified beyond words. I didn't know then the connection I felt to that crash, but I had such a terrifying fear of that crash and northwest airlines, to the point I went hysterical at the thought of getting on the plane to come back home, to the point my mother called and put me on the phone with my dad who was far from the comforting sort and hated the expression of uncontrolled emotions. He was a 2 time war vet and POW to the Japanese during WW2. To my suprise, my father was very understanding an comforting to me as I demanded he get me a boat ticket instead, or something, anything but getting near one of their planes, or any plane for that matter. I didn't have a CLUE Hidi was on that plane, in fact, I'd sent her a post card from Hawaii just around the time of the crash. I'd sent it to her moms where she lived full time, I'm told it was waiting or her to get home to read, along with her school photo which too she hadn't seen and was eager to - the one to become her memorial picture. Hidi IS so smart and so beautiful, and she is the best big sister I've ever had. I still think about her often, as well as Mary Ann, Orville, Pam and Tammy, to me, we were all a family, and it's so hard being away. I miss them, and I miss those times, more than words can reflect. My ather finally calmed me down enough to agree to get on my flight home, With a 50.00 teddy bear, which if you knew my father, you wouldn't believe it - he's the type to pick up pennies from the street! But even after I overcame my fears, and was safely home, that crash still really kept weighing in my mind. I was scared yeah, but it was more than that, I just couldn't put my finger on an explination. It wasn't for a few months later, right about Christmas, I demanded that my mother be allowed to take me back down to the ole neighborhood, to see my friends and spend the holidays with her side of the family. As soon as I got there, I went straight for Nikki's house as she was the only one I was close to still in the neighborhood. A short time after catching up with her another girl I knew came over, Carlee. She and I always had our issues between us, but overall she was ok people. She'd moved into the neighborhood very short before Hidi had moved out so she didn't know Hidi very well, she and I fought over Nikki's attention, Nikki's who I bonded to as Hidi abandoned me in the neighborhood. As Carlee I felt began to ditract my time from Nikki, I asked Nikki how I could go about seeing Hidi, I wanted to know if she still lived at the house with the pool. Nikki looked at Carlee, and arlee started laughing at me. She said "didn' you hear, Hidi's dead". Immediately I got really pissed, and then she realized that I hadn't heard at all, I guess she thought I was trying to make a joke or something, but I wasn't. I got so mad that I just stormed out. I went through the neighborhood into the night, just walking around and crying. I knew inside that arlee was telling the truth an that my dearest friend and role model was gone. As I walked, 13 years old through the night, I just balled and punched cars ass I waundered aimlessly in shock and sorrow. The next day I pulled myself toether and decided to go and try to find Mary Ann, which I did, she and Orville still had their business just in a different location closer to there house and right along my path toward their house from the ole neighborhood. I went in and visited with Mary Ann. It was so hard to keep it together, but I tried my best so not to upset Mary Ann - Hidi was her entire life, and growing up, she and her mom were inseperable, especially when it was just them and had been for so many of he childhood years. Hidi loved to have fun in her life, but, she was very responsible too. She loved to do everything fun and still cleaned the house and balenced the actress thing too all at the same time, with smiles all the way. She taught me how to roller skate, and got me to overcome my fear of swimming underwater, and countless other things along the way too. And she did her best to play baby sitter/ role model for all my shenianigans, always being miss responsible and trying to keep me out of trouble and fights. My dad was the type who never got along with anyone, and always seemed like the type that had no tolerance for children, even and especially his own. But Hidi wouldn't stand for it, and whenever h'd act like a hard ass, Hidi would always say something smart-assed htat no matter how hard he tried, he couldn't help but to bust out laughing and be in a better mood. Hidi won my fathers heart, even more than I ever did, though he and I became inseperable once I settled down and began accepting my new life in Oregon. I lost my father August 31 2006 - indeed the Hardest day in my life, telling him it was ok for him to go though it wasn't. I've accepted that physically he's gone but he lets me know daily that he's right here with me - at times to the point of being a pain in my ass, though I wouldn't have it any other way! I feel my dad's caught up wth Hidi tonight, and I feel like they're taking a little time to look over me together and letting me know it. I've got a dear friend of mine that's counting on me to save his life as we speak. He's had "foranoxic brain injury" and begged and badgerd me to be his POA out of fear of his seperated spouse - he's 70 years old. I've been busting my butt non-stop trying to help him get back to his home state California and to the best care avaliable in our nation for brain injury, but his "spouse" and others are intentionally jumping in his way. I've been feeling so hard on myself over it that I've actualy had a "T.I.A." which the doctors say is a mild stroke, believed to be because of the stress. Ths Tuesday is the day my friend's worst expressed fear to me is going to come true, as his spousse assumes total control over All his individual rights, and without a lawyer - there's just simply nothing I feel more I can do. It's crushed me down to feel like nothing. And as I sit here, I had this overwhelming feelig to google Hidi's name, not expecting to see or find anything of her since she'd passed before intenet came to be, but low and behold, this site popped up. To see her face before me, has calmed my mind and spirit. These people are so questionable that I'm dealing with/against trying to help my friend, and now I realize - the good ones are taken because they Are good. I do not by Any means want to see anything happen to my friend, but, I didn't want to concept anything happening to Hidi either. Destiny is pre-written and pre-planned, out of human control completely, and it's inevidable. I myself am terminally physically ill due to birth complications and defect, yet I still live, though the greatest of ones such a Hidi and my dad as well as all others like all of your family members, physically are gone. I do not understand it other than that it's supposed to be a good thing and that they suffer no more accept over being apart from the ones they love. Hidi is lucky, as is my dad, because they are loved, just as all the others who've parrished before there time and of no fault of their own. My friend too is loved, just not by the ones you'd think would be loving him the most - his "family", but for the love he Does have, he is blessed. I hope for him the chance to live, as sure as I wish those deceased could live again, but whatever happens, at least we will all be together and at peace again one day. My father tld me just before he passed, that though "these old bodies are taken away", they'll Always be where their hearts Are. My father said his heart is with me and therfore he too always will be until it's time for him to come and take me with him (which isn't soon enough in my opinion). But he's worth the wait I suppose, so long as he comes and doesn't forget me! Mary Ann, you and I both know Hidi's heart too is Always with you,and therefore she too is always going to be with you. I'm sure that goes for everyone else too who've lost their loved ones, you've just got to believe that and open your minds to the concept of it without fear and they will show themselves to be present with you. Love is an unbreakable an unexplainable bond beyond human control. Though time feels to have stopped inside, on th outside it's zooming by beyond belief. Hidi truly is and has always been an angel, she's among Your guardian angel Mary Ann, and she'll always be hovering around you with love in her heart and her eyes for you and Orville, and the world, because she's just that loving of a girl! I thank God for giving us our time with her, and I look forward to endless time with us all together in peace and absolute love and harmony. We will ALL be with our loved ones again, just in proper time, for now we're left behind while they're off to bigger and brighter things. Thank heaven they're still able to look over all of us, and that they do! Give my dad hell Hidi, I'm counting on you until I get there to do it myself, and comfort your mom - she loves you so very much - your her world, and you'll Always be, that and the light of her life! We love and miss you deeply, as you know - and we know you love us too. Eventhough this is kind of a direct post, it applies to all of you who've lost your loved ones - they love you and miss you and are Always with you, assisting your guardian angels to look over you and love you. They know your hurting, and there hurting too, but they haven't Left you, it's just their bodies that have been taken, their hearts and spirits are forever right with you where they belong! My hart and my sympathies go out to all of you, and all of the people who've lost the people they love, and the ones who are physically lost - but I'm glad to know there still among us, we need them to be, and that's nothing to be ashamed of - embrace them and tell thm you love them and that your glad there here - they love you too ya know. Peace and loving bonds to all of you, and me. Joy
Joy Graves <JoyMGraves@aol.com>
Oregon USA
- Sunday, January 24, 2010 at 03:14:58 (MST)
Even though I was born 6 years after the crash, it still managed to impact and touch me the other night when I read about it. When I read your stories, my eyes started to water, my heart broke, and my stomach dropped. I was especially touched when I read about the happenings at the hill. May all of you find peace one day. RIP CREW AND PASSENGERS!! Angelica
Oahurst, NJ USA
- Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 15:39:27 (MST)
Thank you, Matt for your kind thoughts and for remembering. Also, THANK YOU and all service men and women for your service! May God Bless and protect all of you.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Sunday, January 17, 2010 at 09:01:58 (MST)
Im in Afghanistan fighting in the war right now, and for some reason, now and again i'll think of her and the night a friend came knocking on my bedroom window and told me the news. What a beautiful girl, what a sweet spirit she was. What a terrible loss for the world. Miss you DeAnna!
Matt Blonde <ccattmatt@cox.net>
Gilbert, Az USA
- Friday, January 15, 2010 at 13:57:51 (MST)
After all these years the night of Aug.16th. 1987 is still vivid..I did not know anyone who was lost that night but I did witness the event from afar..That night I was at home in Ecorse Mi. about 8 miles due wast of the intersection of Wick and Middle belt Roads..I sitting on my front porch which faces west towards (DTW) Detroit Metro Airport talking to the next door neighbor..At some point in the talking I noticed A large orange glow in the west..At first I thought perhaps it was the sun set appearing through the clouds (The time of day was right for the sun set in mid Aug.)..After a moment or two the glow began to subside and then flicker..I knew that something was not right with what I was seeing but I did not make any effort to investigate and the neighbor lady did not seem to care...About 15 minutes later after the sun had set and darkness was full (no more orange glow) another neighbor across the street came out and explained that CNN had just reported that an Airplane had crashed at the airport..I was 23 years and some months old on that Mid August night and the utter feeling's of helplessness and humility I felt upon hearing that an Airplane had crashed just down the road was overwhelming..Once I knew the number of souls lost that night coupled with the fact that I witnessed the fiery glow of the event has imparted onto me a deep respect for life and family and friends that I believe would be somewhat diminished had I not seen what I did that August night..By no means am I saying that the event was a positive thing for myself..I would gladly give up any feelings I have garnered as a result of the event if?? "If"...I don't why I'm sharing this Info. but understand that Flight 255 has touched me in personal way to the point that I don't share it with others out of fear of appearing to be emotional After all I'm now a middle aged man...My feelings or the way the event has effected me is almost Moot compared to the family and friends of those who lost loved one on that warm August night..Peace and payers...P.H..
Mr.P. Hoffman <it_is_known@yahoo.com>
Ecorse, Mi. USA
- Sunday, January 10, 2010 at 14:56:37 (MST)
Joan, your story brought tears to my eyes. What a day brightener you must have been to young, Hidi. I know her mother posts here often and I hope she reads what a sweet person you were to her daughter that day.
paul <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
canton, michigan USA
- Wednesday, January 06, 2010 at 15:40:39 (MST)
I flew from Toledo to Detroit this day with a beautiful young 16 yr old girl, Hidi Ratliff. She was dressed in white and had a bright smile. Although when we both boarded the Detroit bound plane she was crying. I (being 25 at the time felt I should take her under my wing)started talking to her, and found she was upset over leaving her Dad with whom she had spent part of her summer vacation.I was also leaving my family I told her to return to Wisconsin, and that I'd flown in to visit my mom in the hospital. She told me that her parents where divorced and although she was excited about going home to see her friends and Mom (and cheerleading something if I remember), it was always hard to leave. We talked through the entire flight to Detroit and during our layover at Detroit airport. I told her of my desire to travel to California, my recent trips and she told me about her school and home. We even exchanged information at then end of our time when our flights started to be called, with the promise that if I got to Cali I would contact her. It turns out I was the last person to speak to Hidi, and this blessing and burden are still in my memory. What a bright candle to be extinguished so young, as with so many on this plane. I want the families to know that others, people you may not have known, are still remembering all those lost and suffering from Flight 255. I remember them.
Joan Beaudry Koebel <adoptdals@hotmail.com>
Columbus, OH USA
- Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 11:26:37 (MST)
I came across this website when I was trying to find details about the crash. My sister (7yrs at the time) and I (5 yrs at the time) were suppose to be on that flight. We were visiting our grandparents in Toledo and was suppose to come home on that day. When we arrived at the airport we got to the ticket counter and the gentleman that was working it. Told my grandparents that he could save them $200.00 if he put us on a flight the following day. We still to this day aren't sure why he checked. He was our angel. We were heading back to my grandparents from the airport when the crash happened. My parents still didn't know that we were coming home on a different flight. I remember hearing my grandma start to cry in the front seat and yell at my grandpa to hurry home. This day has had a great impact on my life. Not a day goes by that I don't pray for the little girl who survived. I wanted to let all the families know that they are in my prayers every night. God Bless
Tesia Rivera (walkowiak) <Boodiers@aol.com>
Elizabethtown, KY USA
- Tuesday, January 05, 2010 at 06:32:39 (MST)
Two friends and I took out friend to Metro that day, a tow-hour drive. She was flying out to California. After we saw her to the plane, we went to the observation deck to see her plane depart, which never did due to a mechanical problem. We never heard of this and figured we missed it, so we drove back home. When I got home I saw the terrible news on TV and realized we were on Middlebelt just 30 minutes before the crash. It really hit home and I'll never forget this day. My condolences to all who lost someone.
Andrew <xerxes715@gmail.com>
Kalamazoo, MI USA
- Monday, January 04, 2010 at 00:54:40 (MST)
I just read about this crash online. I was 3 at the time, too young to understand the horror of such a crash. I just wanted to pay my respects to those who lost their lives and offer my condolences to family members. My brother was from Arizona and died in an accident at 10 years old, so I identify with the sense of Arizona 'community' and loss. God bless. Those who lost their lives are in a better place.
- Sunday, December 27, 2009 at 18:33:14 (MST)
Merry Christmas to all those family members who are now Celebrating the Holidays without their Loved Ones! It's still hard to get thru the Holiday Season each year, but is getting a little easier knowing that we too keep getting closer to the Promised Land!(speaking for myself, of course @61) In the 22 years that have passed we have already lost many Members of this Support Group to the grief and heart break of this incident and the toll it had taken on our lives and our Health has been tremendous! Thanks to you all that keep this Website alive AND keep the Yearly Memorials on the Hill going with your participation! Love you ALL!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Friday, December 25, 2009 at 13:55:54 (MST)
I pray that the memories lives on for each family who lost loved ones. I grew up in Detroit and was 26 when this terrible accident happened. I am in construction and worked on a new airport fire station that was built a year later when they (post accident) learned that the response time and emergency resources were not sufficient for the terrible accident. So very very sad still 22 years later.
Doug Ryan <ryan.doug@gmail.com>
Columbus, OH USA
- Monday, December 14, 2009 at 17:47:48 (MST)
I'm a tourist, and after I was picked up from the Detroit airport over Thanksgiving and heading to my friend's house, I was told the story of the horrific plane crash. I asked if there was some kind of memorial where I could pay my respects and we made a slight detour to see the cypress trees and the memorial. My sincerest sympathies go out to all the surviving family members and friends. One question -- whatever happened to the lone survivor? I hope she was too young to remember much. Happy holidays to all.
S Hogan <hogan8594@yahoo.com>
Palm Beach, FL USA
- Monday, November 30, 2009 at 08:47:51 (MST)
You are quite welcome Mr.Zanger. This disaster happened close to me so that is why i feel some connection. Pilots do things based on habit patterns and once you're pattern is interrupted something terrible is likely to occur. I wish everyone who has suffered a lost a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Monday, November 16, 2009 at 09:36:13 (MST)
Thank you, Lisa and Jerome for your comments. Thank you, also Jerome, for your factual accounts of what really happened regarding Flight 255. Both comments brought me to tears...yes, even after 22 years WE STILL MISS THEM!!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Friday, November 13, 2009 at 21:14:35 (MST)
I can't believe it's been over 22 years since that fateful summer evening but it seems like a week. I remember being outside playing football with friends and when i came home my mother told me a plane had crashed in Detroit. Right where the plane went down me and my family were right there at the same time about 830pm watching planes just two days before the crash. It was simply pilot error that caused this disaster and the two pilots were well experience, a total of 41 years experience between them. These two pilots got careless and distracted from performing their duties. At the time when they should have been performing their preflight duties they were having conversations with a flight attendant which diverted their attention from important matters. That is how the first officer got behind copying the ATIS which he should have already copied before the plane left the gate. As soon as the push back crew disconnects the tow bar, the captain begins taxing the plane and the first officer is going through the taxi checklists, but that didn't occur.By the time the first officer copied the ATIS and finding the weight limit for takeoff on runway 3center, the plane had taxied well beyond the point where he would have routinely set the wing flaps and slats.What happened here is the first officer's routine is interrupted and he is distracted and the captain never provides a backup for him. With good cockpit resource management this disaster would never have occur. I think about you all that have suffered a lost of a loved one, my heart goes out to you including the pilots families.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at 11:58:00 (MST)
I was 15 years old when Flight 255 crashed. A night my family and I will never forget. It was a beautiful day and my Uncle was at our house in Genesee, MI having a cookout. He was a successful businessman and had moved to AZ a few years earlier to pursue his dreams, but was back for a visit having fun and goofing around as he always did. He was one of the funniest, most caring people I've ever met and a prankster as well. As he was leaving our home for the airport, I remember distinctively my mother(his sister)had asked him to please stay with us and to take a different plane the next day. He said he'd love to but was anxious to get back to AZ. We kissed and hugged him goodbye and talked about the next time we would be together. None of us knowing this would be the last time we set eyes on each other... We lost our Uncle Terry Misener that night and I think it was the longest night of my life. Confirmation didn't come until well in to the next day and I remember my father and grandfather making that drive to Metro for indentification purposes. No family should ever have to go through that and no words can describe how all of us affected, in some way shape or form, felt that night! But when I came across this site 22 years later, it has brought me to tears and a reconnection I haven't had in quite some time. I've sat and read numerous postings to my mother tonight to share all of these deep feelings and touching words, and I thank those of you that have worked so hard to help keep these memories alive. I travel for work frequently, and there is never a time that I don't say a prayer and hope for a safe take off sitting on that runway. Those we lost that night are forever engrained in my memory. God Bless all of us and thank you to those out here for sharing your memories, your heart break, and for the warm memories you all hold. For those of you that helped us get through the dreadful night and for giving all that you had to make sure we were comforted then and even now. This site means more than you'll ever know! Respectfully, Lisa
Lisa <lisevans11@yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Monday, November 09, 2009 at 21:18:24 (MST)
I witnessed this horrific crash and have to state that weather could not have had anything to do with this. It was a warm, breezy summer evening. I was just watching the planes go by with some friends. We got burned from the crash but nothing serious. The plane just wouldn't get up off the ground like it should've! My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the family members out there and especially the little girl that survived! I've never forgotten about you!
Tracy (Moody) Gilmore <tracywgilmore@yahoo.com>
Hohenwald, TN USA
- Sunday, November 08, 2009 at 21:46:45 (MST)
I am a 87'H.S grad. and my boyfriend at the time & I used to watch the planes land from the parking strip that once existed in front of Metro Airport. It was a weekly event for us, we were so close you could actually see the people in the windows as the planes landed just over the fence that faced us. That day we left our spot earlier than usual and traveled north bound on Middlebelt Rd. When we got just past Michigan Ave. sirens were blarring & every type of emergency vehicles were headed toward us. When we got home we saw it breaking on the news. Our hearts dropped and we could just pray for everyone on board. Lil'Cecelia the sole survivor, what a miracle that was. Now at 40,I travel that same road weekly, the trees that were planted for the victims are huge, yet it feels like yesterday. As I pass that spot, each and every time I am reminded of that day, and now pray for the victim's families. I pray for peace and continued strength to live life to the fullest while your loved ones smile their beautiful smiles down on you. Flight 255 will never be forgotten. May God bless you all.
- Wednesday, November 04, 2009 at 23:41:53 (MST)
As a family member, I have read the reports regarding the crash and I totally agree with Mary Ann Ratliff. Facts don't lie! We were also able to receive the transcripts of the Flight Data Recorder (a few family members even heard them played in court), and it supports the findings...that the pilots didn't perform their job! I feel for their families, but they were pre-occupied with "alternative" conversation, instead of performing their pre-flight checklist. If they had done so, they would have remembered that the circut was pulled at their last stop! And to Andrew...thank you for your kind comments....Thanks for remembering!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Monday, November 02, 2009 at 21:22:48 (MST)
Weather did not bring this plane down! It was the complacency of the pilots, FULL PAYLOAD, NO CHECK LIST, NO FLAPS, NO LIFT! Planes fly in rain and wind! Pilots did not do their jobs, and paid the ultimate price also!
Mary Ratliff (CFI/Commerial rated Pilot) <Hidija@aol.com>
Lake Havasu, AZ USA
- Monday, November 02, 2009 at 11:53:02 (MST)
I just wanted to take a second to say God Bless You to all of the survivors of the victims of this crash. I was living in Flint, MI at the time of this crash and will never forget it. For some reason, I think about it frequently, thus I found this website. So glad to see that there was a memorial erected on the site...it's beautiful and I hope it eases some of the pain.
Carolyn Walker
- Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 23:12:32 (MDT)
I can't help remembering that sad night. I was living in New York at the time and was traveling to Detroit for a General Motors class. I had just landed at Metro, picked up a car at the National lot and had just driven down Middlebelt and up the ramp and out onto I-94 when the sky glowed orange once and then again. I didn't find out what had happened until I got to the Hotel in Sterling Heights. I wrote to the FAA and described the weather I had experienced. The poles in the National lot were swaying from the wind and the rental car shook so hard I decided not to stay in the lot to read the map, but instead just drove toward Detroit. Not waiting that few minutes may have saved my life, as I believe I couldn't have been more than a couple of hundred yards east of the I-94 ramp at the time of the crash. I had looked out to the northwest to watch the rolled front of low clouds that, as a general aviation pilot looked menacing, and saw the front of the clouds glow orange two times. At the time I thought it might have been lightning, but it was not a quick flash. Even after reading the FAA report, I still have trouble believing that weather did not have a lot to do with the events that night. I estimated the wind in the National lot to be gusting around 35 knots. I'm sorry if this posting bothers anyone. I have visited the memorial several times and felt compelled to write something after finding this website after so many years. For all the families, my sincere sympathies.
Ken McKenzie <macatbay@aol.com>
Eaton, NH USA
- Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 23:05:47 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Michael Cichan.
- Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 14:51:30 (MDT)
I did not know about the crash of Flight 255 when it happened, since I was only 3 years old at the time, nor did I know anyone involved. However, commercial aviation has been my hobby since I was 7 years old, and during childhood I read as many books, articles and details about it as I could get my hands on. When I learned of this crash many years ago it really struck a nerve since it was the airline based out of the airport I grew up just down the road from. I spent some time at the local library looking through articles about it and was very touched to read the stories of those who lost their lives, the survival of Cecelia (just a year older than me), and the circumstances of the accident. To Mr. Zanger and anyone else connected with this horrific tragedy: Please know that some of us have NOT forgotten! My sincere condolences for your losses and suffering.
Richfield, MN USA
- Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 15:24:31 (MDT)
Not many days go by that I do not think about this plane, this crash, all of the people on board, and the enormous and lasting loss. Home for my 10-year Bellevue HS class reunion in August of 1987, I changed my return flight before leaving Phoenix - from flight 255 in Detroit to one that left the next day. No one knows exactly how you feel, but please know that I am among the many who will never forget flight 255 or those on board. I send love to you all and appreciation for this memorial, and how you never gave up until you got it done.
Michelle Burton <shelliburton@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 14:26:03 (MDT)
Thank you, Joanne, for your kind thoughts. Many of us family members have thought that most of the public has long forgotten this crash, as though it had never happened. So much has been written about other air crashes since Flight 255, and people such as yourself help us to continue to honor and remember our loved ones, not for the way they died, but because THEY LIVED. Thank you again.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 13:08:41 (MDT)
I stumbled across this site today, after a family gathering in which we remembered the crash and all those that perished that day. I was 16 at the time and lived off of Beech Daly between Northline and Eureka and vividly recall the crash. Our home literally shook when the plane crashed, and the ensueing fire could also be seen as night descended. That entrance ramp to I-94 was the very ramp that my father took to work everyday for over 20 years. I didn't know anyone on flight 255, but having lived near Detroit Metro Airport for so long it felt as if I was somehow connected to all those that lost their lives and their loved ones left to forever ache for them. The smell of the burning jet fuel and wreckage is forever engrained in my memories of those days that followed. I remember the miraculous Cecelia, and am so happy that she is doing such positive things in her life. I can't say that I remotely fathom the pain that the family's of those that died that day know, but I am forever changed by this. It serves to remind me that you just never know what is to come, and to live and love those that you have in your life to the fullest. I think and pray for all of us affected by that fateful day. God Bless you all. It really is something that so many of us continue to carry on the memories of those loved ones gone too soon and such a long time ago. It seems like only yesterday.
Joanne Horsley <jojoanne11@netzero.com>
Taylor, MI USA
- Saturday, October 24, 2009 at 09:29:58 (MDT)
I was one of the attorney's that represented some of the Decedent's of Flight 255. I was slected by the Judge to be a member of the steering committee. I have now been practicing for 50 years and there has been no other case that has had such a deep impact on my life. The case was so horrific and sad, but it is good to see that friends and family members are still thinking about the wonderful people that were victims of this accident 22 years later.
Charles Brewer <cmbrewer@cmbrewer.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, October 15, 2009 at 14:53:02 (MDT)
To Sam Scott 22 years later and I still haven't had a friend as good as you. I miss you buddy, no one has ever made me laugh like you could.
Douglas Stanton <dstanton78@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Saturday, October 03, 2009 at 14:40:09 (MDT)
Keith Rogers died on this flight. He worked for me at the time, at Wacky Willy's mexican restaurant as an assistant manager. He had been a regular customer for quite a while before that and a regular at the phoenix zoo, where he liked to go with some of the other patrons. He was the first person I knew fairly well that passed away, I can't describe the loss and shock any better today, than I could then. He is still missed
Jack Hooper <unicorn_85210@yahoo.com>
Mesa, az USA
- Thursday, September 24, 2009 at 14:45:26 (MDT)
I just came across this site today. I lost a friend on this flight...Christine Hoffman...and I still think about her often. She was very special. My thoughts also go out to her family - I hope they are doing alright after these 22 years.
Michael <m.chopp@yahoo.com>
Murphy, TX USA
- Thursday, September 17, 2009 at 08:04:44 (MDT)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY HIDI JA RATLIFF! (9/4/70) Been thinking of you all day long! Miss You and Love You Now and Forever! Keep watching over me and O.W., I need all the help I can get! Love you Baby Girl
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Lake Havasu, AZ USA
- Friday, September 04, 2009 at 18:10:54 (MDT)
I did not have any family or friends on Flt 255 and I can not begin to imagine the heartbreak the tradegy has caused those that did. I work near Metro Airport and went to the crash site to try to help in any way I could that fateful night, and it affected me deeply. I just wanted to say Bless You to the family and friends of those who lost loved ones, and may God help you all heal. Best Regards.
Marty Black <mblack614@comcast.net>
Woodhaven, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 25, 2009 at 12:31:27 (MDT)
It's hard to imagine thats its 22 years since Debbie left us. That phone call changed the lives of many people around the country and world. My brother still misses her dearly. She was such a beautiful and kind girl. My heart goes out to all who suffered from this tragedy. Love you Debbie, Aunt Fran
- Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 22:42:03 (MDT)
Bruce Bennitt <blbennitt@core.com>
Shelby, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 19:25:16 (MDT)
Many years ago I was a young guy working as a Seattle based flight attendant. I worked many trips with Sue Morris,NW Flight Attendant who tragically died on NW255. We had so much fun together, she was always bright, funny, kind and loving. I amnow an ER nurse and teach a program in a large San Diego Hospital system called "Team Resource Management", which is closely patterned after airline/aviation Crew Resource Management. Whenever I teach this class to nurses or doctors, I think of Suzanne P Morris, flight attendant, and do so in her honor. I hope that by teaching this course, we will continue to prevent accidents and errors in the healthcare field as well as aviation. God bless all those aboard 255.
brian scott grennan RN <brianscottgrennan@gmail.com>
san diego, ca USA
- Tuesday, August 18, 2009 at 15:45:03 (MDT)
I woke up yesterday, with the anticipation I can make the day go faster than I wanted it to in my heart.. Every time the day comes I go in to deep thought about the events that occured that day in my life, as a 7yr, boy anticipating the arrival of his mom who never showed.. As I was going thru my day I started to notice to many similarities from 22 yrs ago and keep in mind I live in AZ, The sky the temp the way it looked, and it was a sunday. I agree with a few posts above it was an iry feeling, My heart was stolen that day its impossible to fill the void but a women was right above in her post the void is getting smaller, The feeling the hurt the pain will never go away it sits in the stomach like a bad meal.. Im not the only one who has experienced a life changing tragedy, so I feel your pain, I truly truly feel your pain, I wish my mom could meet her 5yr old grandson who is absolutley amazing. I want her to know I have place him in a private school to give him every advantage to be successful, as you gave me. I sit here now and think of everything that was transpiring the next morinig cars lined up around the corner all the people news reporters neighbors, and no mom, I wish she would just show up.. I was a lost sole for a long time, I have taken this life experience and turn it into positives, as I hope all you have... I wish I could go to see the memorial, I would love a real life photo of it and my MOMS NAME on it, CYNTHIA ANN HORTON..For I dont think in this life time I will ever fly there.. Anybody who has clippeing news articles anything would be a gift beyond belief,I was 7 when she was killed that day so needless to say I dont have much, but would like to create my own personal box. I will pray for all of you and your families this week, God bless to all... RIP MOM I LOVE YOU MORE THE LIFE CAN DESCRIBE!!!!! LOVE JUSTIN PAUL BEHNKE AND JENNIFER LYNN BEHNKE
Justin Paul Behnke <behnke10@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Monday, August 17, 2009 at 12:06:45 (MDT)
It's the day after our 22nd observance of the crash. I, too, echo Mary Ann's words of thanks to all who participated last night. I, too, felt the drops moisture coming from above. Looking up above at the clear, blue, sky that was slowly darkening to night. I couldn't help but think that same thing...that our loved ones were sending us a sign from above of the joy that we still come together each year to remember, not because of the way they died, but because THEY LIVED! I thank everyone who was there last night. I think our coming together each year is a blessing that has helped us continue on life's journey. Blessings to you all.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Monday, August 17, 2009 at 09:36:11 (MDT)
I was unable to attend the memorial but i kept you all in my mind. Every time i visit Metro Airport i immediately think about all the lives that were lost that evening. I also learned from this accident that people are creatures of habit, referring to the first officer's routine being disrupted and the captain failing to provide a backup for the first officer. You are all good people and i will always remember August 16th.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Monday, August 17, 2009 at 07:59:26 (MDT)
We had a good turnout tonight, and a special sign from above. Just before the reading of the names we had some tears fall from above! Only one small white cloud above, no rain clouds, but just a few drops from above which I'm sure was a sign from our loved ones! Thank You to everyone who made the Memorial this year, and thank you to Salvation Army from bringing the Canteen truck down again this year. See you all again next year! And to Hidi Ja, keep sending me those signs, I never get tired of getting them!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 23:17:50 (MDT)
It has been 22 years, where has the time gone. Every day I think of my brother, and feel the loss of him in my heart. I miss and love you Ron, Val, Lisa and Lauren.
Carolann <cfar314@aol.com>
Gilbert, AZ USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 21:29:32 (MDT)
I'm so sorry for your loss. I pass over the crash site each day on my way to work and I always remember to say a little prayer. I was only 18 when the crash happend and I'm 40 now but it's still fresh in my memory. God bless you and your loved ones.
Dundee , MI USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 18:46:56 (MDT)
I remember this day so well and my heart goes out to all who lost loved ones and were imnpacted 22 years ago. You're in our prayers.
Jeff <magicalphoto@aol.com>
Macomg, MI USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 16:16:26 (MDT)
I was planning to attend the annual memorial this evening. I cannot, however, because the day is so eerily similar...a hot, humid Sunday. The love of my life and another good friend were among the victims 22 years ago tonight. But for a strange stroke of fate, I would have, should have been among them. Tonight I will spend my time quietly alone wondering why I was spared, and cherish the memories of them both. I offer peace and a hope for comfort and understanding to all the other friends and family members who are likewise haunted by today.
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 14:35:23 (MDT)
Paula, my best friend from Nursing School, I can't believe it's been 22 years since that awful evening. I remember hearing the news on the tv that night but thinking that surely you had left for home long before that time and were already safely back in Tempe. My fears were confirmed the next day when I talked to your mom and dad. How I wish I could talk to you now to tell you all about seeing Jackson Browne last month!! The concert was awesome. He did "Jamaica say You Will" and I sat there crying because I can still hear you singing it. Thanks for introducing me to his music so many years ago.
Donna Austin <dha31106@ntelos.net>
Fincastle, VA USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 13:51:22 (MDT)
I was a 2nd cousin to one of the victims. I am pleased to know that my cousin's memory will live on and upward!
Tyreese McCullen <055414@gmail.com>
Carbondale, IL USA
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 13:42:58 (MDT)
my thoughts go out to you all today.
john <ff4126@aol.com>
- Sunday, August 16, 2009 at 12:16:15 (MDT)
It has been 22 years and I have never had the strength to visit the site were my family was lost. I will not be there tomorrow but will share in all of the wonderful thoughts. I have finally crossed that place and had the fortune of visiting the Memorial this last Wednesday and have yet to come to terms> I can say that the void in my soul is now much smaller and want to thank everyone for there time, devotion and dedication to love and loss of all of out families. Shall they all rest in peace and through this so shall we always remember them. My family was Mary and Sam Scott and they will always be carried in my thoughts, Thank you again. Rob Scott
Rob Scott
Houston, TX USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 22:39:59 (MDT)
Too all who have been touch but this tragedy. I was one, of the many, emergency responders form this life altering event. I am so very glad I was able to participate and share this experience with Timmy, John, Roy and Dan, we know our connection and I know we will share that very special connection, always. Now, 22years later we still reflect on the great loss of that day, however there was also a great hope given to us that day, Cecelia...she forever will be kept close in heart. Much love to all May you always remember but may your sadness fade... PSD-paramedic
Pamela Davidson <Boundrywtrs@aol.com>
Milford, MI USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 19:01:52 (MDT)
Our time together was brief. Your life was enduring but because of your bravery I have no fear. I long to see you once again when Iam called home and I can be comforted with your mere presence for all eternity. God has blessed me with your existance and Iam so ever very grateful to Him.
md USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 17:34:13 (MDT)
I remember the pain in my brothers voice when he called and told me of the crash, and that "his debbie" had been on the plane. I neverr want to hear that kind of pain again. Debbie, you are dearly missed, Aunt Dot
Dottie Collins <Dottiemilt@aol.com>
LaBelle, FL USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 17:10:09 (MDT)
Tommorrow marks the 22nd anniversary of Flight 255. For all the lives that ended that summer evening my heart continues to go out to all family members including the flight crew's. I will be at Metro Airport tommorrow and i will definitely visit the crash site.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 10:43:54 (MDT)
We are commemorating the 22nd anniversary of this horrible tragedy this weekend and the news reports of last weekend's crash over the Hudson River in New York between the small plane and the helicopter are truly sickening. The report that the air traffic controller was engaged in a personal phone conversation over a dead cat therefore failing to warn about the impending mid-air collision makes me sick to my stomach!!! Thanks to that person's negligence, families have to suffer what we have. I say, fire the S.O.B. and let him think about the consequences of his actions!!!!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 08:41:16 (MDT)
To my big sister Debbie....not a day goes by that I don't think of you and miss you terribly. On this anniversary especially, I miss so very much and want my big sister back but know you are watching over me and will forever be in my heart and mind. You are my angel and love you so much!!!!!
Karyn O'Connell <karynmoconnell@yahoo.com>
Morris Plains, NJ USA
- Friday, August 14, 2009 at 06:46:59 (MDT)
Happy Birthday, Paula Cichan! You would have been 55 today. Your daughter is very beautiful, and I'm sure you are proud of her!
- Friday, August 14, 2009 at 00:23:14 (MDT)
I was there with the dpd and think of it every day, this is the first time i have written about it. i want you all to know i pray for them and us everyday. god bless Walter Howard #2181 dpdr
w. y. howard <utu881@yahoo.com>
Taylor, mi USA
- Sunday, August 09, 2009 at 22:03:29 (MDT)
It is hard to believe that 22 years is rapidly approaching once again. I have never attended the memorial. My grief has just surfaced now after 21 years. I had been in denial. I will never figure out why she was on that flight. We weren't talking for few years and had just started talking again shortly before she died. I don't have pictures of her anymore as my house was on fire and I had lost everything in fire! Love you and miss you lots!!
Suzanne Morris' best friend
- Tuesday, August 04, 2009 at 23:19:52 (MDT)
Once again, we are fast approaching yet another anniversary (the 22nd) to mark the crash of Northwest Flight 255. As the date approaches, I would like to remind everyone interested that our yearly vigil observance will once again take place on Sunday, August 16th. All are most welcome. People usually begin arriving between 7 & 7:30 p.m. The short service begins at 8:46 p.m., which is the time the crash occurred. If you attend, please feel free to bring a lawn chair, a flash light, insect repellant and maybe a light jacket. Park in one of the hotel lots or at McDonald's on Middlebelt Rd. in Romulus and walk (carefully) to "The Hill". Please use caution, as traffic is unpredictable. Thank you in advance for helping us remember the 156 who perished in the crash of N.W. Flight 255.
Tony Zanger
Monroe, MI USA
- Monday, August 03, 2009 at 13:07:39 (MDT)
Someone has requested the newspaper that I referred to in my earlier post. I will be sending it to that person. Paul
Paul Schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
canton, mi USA
- Monday, July 20, 2009 at 09:09:21 (MDT)
I remember the crash very well. I was born and raised in Michigan and was 2 yrs out of high school when the crash happened. My heart went out to the familes that day, and I still think about it when I am in the Romulus area. I am still so sorry for the loss of those passengers. The accident really effected many people in Michigan. I am glad there is now a memorial marker.
Susan Kilmer <sdkilmer@aol.com>
St Johns, mi USA
- Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 17:42:47 (MDT)
I want to correct the date of the newspaper I have. It is Tuesday, August 18th, 1987. I'm sorry, I also have a paper from Tuesday, July 30th 1985 for other reasons. I got the dates mixed up. Please excuse my typo in my last post. Paul
Paul Schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
caton, michigan USA
- Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 07:23:40 (MDT)
As August approaches each year I think of the families of the many Flight 255 victims. I lived close to the scene at that time and have never forgotten this tragedy. I also pass the memorial each day on my way to work. I have saved my copy of The Detroit Free Press (morning edition) from Tuesday, July 30th, 1987 for all these years. It is the complete edition with 12 pages devoted to the crash. This was the first day of extensive coverage of the crash. It includes a special 12 page insert of Flight 255 coverage. If any Flight 255 surviving family member would like this newspaper, please email me and somehow I will get it to you. I know there is much information about this crash on the internet, but this newspaper is much more personal than an internet article. Again, please let me know if you would like to have this intact newspaper. Respectfully, Paul Schmidt email: pschmidt@patmillikenford.com
Paul Schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
Canton, MI USA
- Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 07:18:19 (MDT)
To Blackdaddy I am deleting your postings, they are inappropriate for this site. I check this website several times a day and will delete anything that I think is inappropriate, or hurtful to either the deceased or the living! If you wish to leave a nice message, I will allow it to remain. We like warm and fuzzy postings, not gutter talk! Thank You
- Monday, July 13, 2009 at 21:38:23 (MDT)
I was young when the crash occurred, but I remember going to the site 2 days later with my Mom and Dad because we felt compelled to visit the resting place of so many innocent people. I was 13 years old and found myself weeping over a wedding ring I found that no longer had it's owner. I will NEVER forget the day it happened or the days following. I will never forget living so close that I passed through the crash area hundreds of times a year, and 13 years later, getting to know the rescuers on the Romulus Fired Department that were there. It's almost unexplainable how this affected me, and I never thought, as my Mom and I sat atop the hill where we helped plant way too many memorial trees, that it would be a reminder at a young age how fragile life is and how little we are present on this earth. God Bless the lost, the grieving families, the survivors, the rescuers and those who carry very graphic and sad pictures in their minds each and every day.... Michelle
Michelle M <crimsonbaby@gmail.com>
Romulus, MI USA
- Thursday, July 09, 2009 at 17:40:48 (MDT)
As a sports broadcaster covering the wcac conference in 1985, I enjoyed covering the talented Nick Vanos while at Santa Clara University. He left us much too soon. One broadcaster said it best when commenting on the recent loss of the baseball pitcher, nick adenhart..."you just can't figure out life".
Ronnie Wald <waldcast@hotmail.com>
Fillmore, CA USA
- Saturday, July 04, 2009 at 03:29:35 (MDT)
I had the pleasure of working for Wayne Mickelson. I admired the way he respected and valued his family. He forever changed my values and opinions in life. It was an honor to know him. Thank you Wayne and God bless.
Melissa <dipsygirl@cox.net>
Glendale , AZ USA
- Wednesday, July 01, 2009 at 11:49:35 (MDT)
I was an EMT at the time working in Toledo when I heard about the crash while driving with my CB radio. I drove up to the site to try to assist. Days later while doing an out of town ambulance run to Motts Childrens Hospital in Ann Arbor, I bought a stuff toy to be delivered to Cecelia who was the lone survivor of Flight 255. I think about that day often.
Bob <rlljr@hotmail.com>
San Antonio, TX USA
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 20:28:25 (MDT)
I was 42 years old living in Bristol, PA, raising 3 daughters (one who's 23rd birthday it was that day) when this tragic crash happened. I remember it so vividly to this day from watching the accounts on TV. I always wondered for years what ever happened to the little 4 year old girl who survived. I did some research today and was proud to know that she appears to have had a good upbringing and has not squandered her life. I sincerely pray for her continued success as a rememberance to all of those beloved persons who live on only in the hearts of friends and family. The memorial is a wonderful surprise (as I did not know about it before)and accomplishment in rememberance. God bless you all.
Hazel I. Bohlmann <fatgarfield2002@yahoo.com>
Lecanto, FL USA
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:36:19 (MDT)
I was 12 yrs old and growing up in Detroit when this crash happened. I became obsessed with it - it was so tragic - and saved every single newspaper article about it. I made sure to go over every single face when they released photos and names so that I could honor that person and their life. I was in shock over that, it was my first tragedy being only 12 yrs old. Nothing like that had happened during my lifetime, especcially not in Detroit. When I moved away to college I found all the Flight 255 articles in a drawer in the basement, along with my Detroit Pistons championship articles, and decided it was time to let go of material things from the past. I said a prayer for the victims and families and tossed the pages in the recycling bin. However, I have never forgotten that flight, or the families who had loved ones on that flight. I always wondered what happened to Cecilia and it warms my heart to hear she has graduated from college now...I wonder if she ever feels the pressure of having a greater life purpose having survived something like that...anyway... I hope she is living a normal wonderful life. My heart is with all of you always...I've had loss in my life now, my parents and several friends are all gone too soon, and I am reminded that life is so short and precious. stay present and love each other. god bless. i'll never forget.
staci <stacilaw@gmail.com>
Burbank, CA USA
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 10:27:17 (MDT)
I hope the little girl who survived the crash has lived a good life in honor of all who perished. The family members can never be replaced here on earth, but loving memories last an eternity. God Bless you all.
geo <terptek@gmail.com>
woodbridge, va USA
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 09:41:46 (MDT)
I remember this crash I had a friend and her mother who was on this flight. I think about them and all of the others who perished in crash and think of the memories they have left behind and were taken from us far too soon. My love goes out to all the loved out still in pain from the loss.
suzanne copes <ourpoohbear@yahoo.com>
cherokee, ok USA
- Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at 03:50:24 (MDT)
I just found this site quite by accident. It was interesting to read all the comments. My brother and his wife perished that day, in a tragic and completely avoidable incident, making it that much more upsetting. I have never been able to call it an accident. Every time there is a plane incident/accident I cannot help but remember that numbing feeling of disbelief, and I shed a tear. I have always offered a prayer each time another loss takes place. Nice to see that so many have formed a bond and have been meeting on the anniversaries. The memorial marker is quite impressive. Unfortunately the family business following the incident ripped our family apart. I do not know if any of them have participated in your gatherings and represented our loss. I wish you all the best in the future and commend your spirit. Thank you all for what you have have done.
Pamela Lee (Zell) <a1035gal@usacops.com>
Apple Valley, CA USA
- Monday, June 15, 2009 at 16:36:39 (MDT)
I was a young girl when this crash happened. I remember my mom donating money to some ladies that were collecting money for Celia. I was actually thinking of it because of the recent Air France crash. I can only imagine how difficult it is for the families and loved ones. My thoughts go out to you all.
Anita Dickerson <stolichyna@yahoo.com>
St. Charles, IL USA
- Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 21:26:24 (MDT)
In light of the recent Air France crash and the one in Buffalo a couple months back, I can't help but empathize with those who lost loved ones on those flights. It is so sad that we all have to go through such pain, but at least we have each other, to remember the good times about our lost loved ones and cry when we're just having one of those days. I'm assured that they are all looking upon us each day and are our guardian angels. I know this disaster and others that have come after it, have changed my life and my perspective of what life is. I'd like to think that Mike, Paula and David are looking down on Celia; I know they'd be proud of the woman she's become. I know I am. David and Celia, I missed getting to grow up with you next door. My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have lost a loved one in an air disaster. May we never forget their spirits and their smiles.
Kelli Spence <kellispence@hotmail.com>
Burbank, CA USA
- Tuesday, June 09, 2009 at 16:04:55 (MDT)
Just came across the site, I remember that night vividly also. Only to find out that a co-worker and friend was on that flight three days later. I think of her often and her beautiful smile. My sympathy still goes out to all the families and every time I take a flight out of DTW, I think of you, Julie Domzalski.
Jackie <jjjskinner@gmail.com>
Royal Oak, MI USA
- Monday, June 08, 2009 at 19:45:58 (MDT)
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost loved ones in the Air France crash last week. May God comfort all who must now endure this horrible tragedy. It certainly brings back to mind what we went through. It just proves that, even though time and life goes on, you NEVER forget, and unless you have walked in our shoes, you CANNOT even begin to know the pain we still feel to this very day. Thank you again, everyone, for your kind comments to this website guestbook. Our yearly vigil to mark the 22nd Anniversary of this air crash is nine weeks away (August 16, 2009, at 8:46 p.m. at the crash site). All are welcome to attend.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Taylor, MI USA
- Monday, June 08, 2009 at 10:27:19 (MDT)
I'm sorry for everyones lose. This is the one flight thats been stuck in my head sence I was a child. I prey for everyone to have peace in there lives and for all those who lost there lifes in the crash to know true happiness in Heaven.. We love you all
Sara Guy <midnight_rose@ymail.com>
Truman, Mn USA
- Monday, June 08, 2009 at 09:00:35 (MDT)
I still cry over this crash. I spent 6 weeks with Jeanna Tawzer just weeks before the crash. I first saw Jeanna walking through JFK wearing the most beautiful pink dress and thought to myself how beautiful she was only to see her and meet her on my flight to England. We became instant friends and enjoyed each others company for 6 weeks in Europe exploring the English country side, Paris, the Greek Isles and 17 other countries. I fell in love with Jeanna that summer and have been in mourning ever since. I'm just sooooo sad and I miss her so much. She was 23 and in the prime of her beautiful life.... I feel so bad for all of the surviving families and friends. God Bless us all! Steve
Stephen Wilkerson <swilkers@yahoo.com>
Ft. Myers, FL USA
- Monday, June 08, 2009 at 08:01:44 (MDT)
I was 8 when this took place, we lived in Detroit area. I asked my mom if we could send a gift to Cecelia when I heard about it and we picked out a big white teddy bear. I helped wrap it up and send it off. Later in the Detroit Free Press (I think that is what it's called) we saw a picture of all the toys and gifts and there was a person holding the box that I had helped wrap - you could see our address and everything. I still have that clipping. I saved all the stories, I think being a child myself I felt such a connection to the one little survivor. Now being a mother of a 3 year old, I can relate to the fact that her mothers last prayer came true, her baby survived. My heart goes out to all the families and friends that lost someone they loved in this crash.
Ashley <algold7@gmai.com>
Greenville, SC USA
- Wednesday, June 03, 2009 at 19:39:02 (MDT)
God Bless all the people who were lost in a Airline flight! God Bless all your souls!
Kimberly <kimberlyhall@ymail.com>
Milwaukee, WI USA
- Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 21:37:46 (MDT)
My classmate at Walsh Jesuit High School in Ohio, Herb Brantley was on Flight 255. Every so often I remember a scrap of Herb's life and think about him - today it was a big hit that Herb made at the end of a football game our senior year. Herb wasn't the biggest guy on the team and didn't play a lot but almost 30 years later, I still remember the grin on his face when he came off the field. Everyone liked Herb and I know that he has not been forgotten.
Tim McDonnell <jtmcdonnell@cox.net>
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Tuesday, June 02, 2009 at 17:37:24 (MDT)
My Thoughts and Prayers go out to all the friends and family of the Air France plane missing today! We know your pain and understand! God Bless you All!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Monday, June 01, 2009 at 14:27:03 (MDT)
I came across this website just today while reading about flight 255. I lived in Taylor, Michigan at the time of the crash, right off of Eureka Rd. We passed the crash site on our way home from our church in Belleville, Michigan shortly after the crash and wondered what had happened. My heart went out to all the victims of that crash and their familes. I have prayed for all of you many times since then and have never forgotten that awful day. I pray for the continued healing of all families and friends of the crash victims.
Linda Guest <B_RGuest@Yahoo.com>
Winston, GA USA
- Monday, June 01, 2009 at 10:48:05 (MDT)
I love you, Suzanne Morris. Not a day I go without thinking about you. You are always the first thing that is on my mind when I wake up for the last 21 years 9 1/2 months now.
wa USA
- Monday, June 01, 2009 at 01:07:25 (MDT)
I still think of Kathleen Grigg (high school friend) who lost both of her parents in this plane crash. Hope you are doing well!!!!
Monica <Monica.Gess@yahoo.com>
Salt Lake City, UT USA
- Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 16:44:02 (MDT)
Hi, For some reason i thought about your flight and the survivor tonight. My grandparents lived only a couple miles from the crash site and i remember it like it was yesterday. I have 2 grown kids of my own. I can't imagine what you have all been through. I just wanted to tell you a that there are people out here that remember what happened and wish you all well. Does the survior stay in contact? I am interested in how her life has turned out. I remember her family asking for privacy for her. I hope she has a blessed life. Bless you all. Dave
Dave Darin <lakevilledave@yahoo.com>
- Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 20:55:44 (MDT)
I knew the moment this crash happened I had loss someone. My dear friend Wayne and his son Daniel may God watch over you both.
suzy <suzy_151@hotmail.com>
cape coral, fl USA
- Tuesday, May 19, 2009 at 14:50:50 (MDT)
After all these years my thoughts and prayers are with the victims & families. I visit the memorial often while working. God Bless
Officer Phil Biggs Taylor Police Dept Michigan <phil122@wowway.com>
- Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 08:44:56 (MDT)
We remember!
Lansing, MI USA
- Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 12:31:45 (MDT)
God Bless all of you who suffered a loss on August 16th, 1987. My prayers are with you.
Paul Hanna
Akron, OH USA
- Friday, May 08, 2009 at 12:35:45 (MDT)
My two sisters and 3 brothers and I lost our youngest brother Ernest John Mathews on flight 255. He was an engineer for GM and in the prime of his life. He had 3 young sons who now have and children who will never know their grandfather. This tragedy has impacted families in many ways. Our brother was one of the sweetest most sensitive men anyone could know. Our parents suffered a loss of a child and we lost a brother. A family lost a husband and father. What more can I say. The memory of that day lives on in all of us. God has taken a truly wonderful man to join him in heaven. I attended the first memorial and met some of the other families. And learned about some of the wonderful people who perished that day. I also met the pilots wife, I felt so sorry for her what a terrible time for her as she also lost a husband. God Bless everyone. sdvorak@sc.rr.com
Sharon Dvorak <sdvorak@sc.rr.com>
Bluffton, sc USA
- Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 08:00:11 (MDT)
May God bless all of you.
Nathan Bendall <bendallf@gmail.com>
Grand Blanc, MI USA
- Monday, March 30, 2009 at 00:25:05 (MDT)
In Memoriam, Kurt Dobronski, childhood acquaintance of many school years. Continued thoughts and prayers for the Dobron families.
Ken Lee <kenneth.g.lee@gmail.com>
Dayton , OH USA
- Sunday, March 29, 2009 at 23:41:50 (MDT)
I love you Uncle Matthew RIP
mi USA
- Wednesday, March 11, 2009 at 00:28:25 (MDT)
I, too, had flashbacks of the crash of Flight 255 upon hearing of the Buffalo, NY crash. It is truly a horrifying experience to endure as a surviving family member. Each and every time a plane crash occurs, those horrid, gut-wrenching thoughts are brought back to mind; what we did, how we reacted (as if we can actually remember every reaction, which I can't), and what we had to endure in the days, weeks and months that followed. I, too, echo Stephen Dresch's and Mary Ann Ratliff's comments about how valuable forming our family support group was to us. I believe it truly saved our lives! There was and continues to be a connection that will remain with us for the rest of our lives because we were able to share and comfort one another in a way others would not understand. Unless you have not walked in our shoes, you cannot begin to understand how we have felt or what we have endured. Those who have since suffered this type of loss do, I believe. Many of us maintain contact to this very day and I consider them extended family. We have managed to cry together, remember together and, yes, even laugh together. Even after almost 22 years, we remain a close unit and for that I'm sure that is a living tribute to my brother, Michael, his beloved fiancee, Hollins Langton and the rest of the 154 who perished in the crash of Northwest Flight 255. We remember every day and come together every August 16th because THEY LIVED, not because they died in such a tragic way. Thank you for all the positive comments; it is appreciated. I hope they continue. God Bless!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
- Monday, February 23, 2009 at 10:02:29 (MST)
I had lived in Taylor, on Ecorse between Beech and Telegraph when the crash had happened. I was 14 and remember that night so clearly. My mom and I were out on the porch watering flowers when we heard the explosion, looking up we saw the smoke. We had thought it was one of the nearby oil tanks that had exploded. When we got inside and realized what had happened we were shocked. We had lived there for years and never thought that would happen. We were saddened by the losses and felt joy for the baby girl. I do not live in MI anymore, but whenever I am there visiting my parents I try to drive by the site and say some prayers. God Bless..Ginny Wilson
Ginny Wilson <grwilson1@hotmail.com>
Rittman, OH USA
- Tuesday, February 17, 2009 at 09:47:40 (MST)
I am saddened by the loss of those in the Buffalo trajedy. It has brought my memory back to the 255 nightmare that those who lost loved ones had to go through. I remember this night so clearly in my mind, even though I was only 8 yrs old. I remember coming home on a Sunday evening from a weekend up north with my family. We traveled I94 and passed where the crash scene was about 10 to 15 minutes before it happened. When we got home it was only a few minutes before we saw the news on TV and realized what had happened. We considered ourselves lucky that day. Bless the hearts of the family members who've lost loved ones in the Buffalo crash as well as the flight 255 family.
Jeff <jefforr@live.com>
allen park, MI USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 20:52:18 (MST)
I too had a flashback of our horrible night on 8/16/87 and have so much empathy for those families and friends of these new victims of Flight #3407 They have a long road ahead of them, and I echo Stephen's comment, that forming a support group is a great start of dealing with their sudden loss! And if any of them read this guestbook, please take comfort in knowing that even 21 1/2 years later, people will still remember your loved ones! God Bless You All
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 20:14:27 (MST)
I lived in MI when the crash occurred and I remember it like yesterday. I was young at the time but it still haunts me. After the horrible crash today that killed everyone on board plus some I thought of Cecelia Cichan. May she be blessed and thankful!!
monica baucom <rockcity_23_2000@yahoo.com>
charlotte, NC USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 17:48:34 (MST)
When I heard about the crash in Buffalo today, it brought me back to this day 8/16/87, when I lost my niece Debi in the Northwest crash. God bless the ones who perished, and God help the surviors and thier families during this difficult time.
Tina <tinam1072@aol.com>
madison, nj USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 16:45:54 (MST)
Upon hearing of last night's crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence, N.Y. also triggered memories of the Detroit Metro crash of our Flight 255. At that time, I was married and my husband had considered taking that very flight to Phoenix that August evening. We had finally just tracked down his younger brother who lived in Arizona. Both had been separated for 22yrs. from each other as young children right after their mother had passed away. The younger child was given up for adoption. Now that they finally connected and spoke on the phone, my husband was excited to go meet him in person. Being summer, he said he still had some vacation time he could take and head on down there. However, I discussed that perhaps the two of them should communicate first for awhile by phone and letters since this was all very new and I felt the younger brother would need to adjust and perhaps have questions. With his eager spirit slightly dampened that he wouldn't be taking the next flight out, my husband agreed he'd wait. That evening, friends and family phoned us hoping he did not take that plane to Phoenix. Hearing about the crash had us stunned... grateful that he didn't go, yet feeling horrible about such devastating tragedy. I will never forget that day. Cecilia was certainly a miracle. I am so sorry for those who lost their loved ones!
Joanne Lanagan <downriverjola@yahoo.com>
Wyandotte, MI USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 13:14:23 (MST)
I woke this morning and read about the crash last night in Clarence, NY. I grew up for 13 years outside of Buffalo and I lost my father, Lewis Dresch, on board Flt. 255 in 1987. I just wanted to comment that even over 21 years later, seeing a news story on a plane crash STILL resinates strong. I am thinking of all the family members of those lost last night and will say a prayer for the victims as well as those aforementioned family members left to deal with a new reality that all of us in the Flight 255 "Their Spirit Lives On" support group had to. I am thankful that we did start that support group and hope that the family members of last night's accident are able to do the same.
Stephen Dresch <stevedresch@yahoo.com>
Tarzana, CA USA
- Friday, February 13, 2009 at 10:14:27 (MST)
I still remember sitting on my couch with my son and hearing about the terrible crash. I have always wondered what the little girl who survived is doing now. How blessed she is to have family that took her from the media madness and into her new life. I hope she is healed....
Wendy <wendalan8@gmail.com>
Bloomfield, MI USA
- Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 16:30:43 (MST)
Love and prayers for 22 years and counting. God bless
David <dlane@cablespeed.com>
south lyon, mi USA
- Friday, February 06, 2009 at 06:32:23 (MST)
I haven't lived in Michigan for almost 20 years but I live near the Mpls/St. Paul International Airport and I see and hear those planes every day, so I think about planes every single day. I went to high school with one of the guys on flight 255. I still remember his smiling face and his carefree attitude. I remember being shocked when I'd heard Tom was on that plane and I will always remember the day that plane went down. My prayers are with the families and with any one who lost a piece of themselves that day. Peace be with you. ~LC
Laura Cramer <blondecoyotee@msn.com>
Minneapolis, mn USA
- Monday, February 02, 2009 at 13:47:55 (MST)
On that fateful day my parents had owned a new convertible and with my friend and I in the backseat we went for a joy ride. Our ride took us under the bridge on Middlebelt just hours before at the exact site the accident took place. Then we heard on the radio at my grandparents house what had taken place. My thoughts and prayers have been with the families and will continue forever.
Todd Boike <bruinboy@wowway.com>
Taylor, Mi USA
- Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 12:04:50 (MST)
I add just flown to Michigan from AL on 8/14/87; I was 16 years old. Even at that young age; the devestation that you all felt just took my breathe away. Then how ironic it was that the sole survivor had my name was even more amazing. I think about ya'll all the time. I only recently came upon this website; I hope that it helps ya'll to know that so many people that weren't impacted personally by this tradegy care and remember. God bless you all.
Cecilia Marie <infront1970@yahoo.com>
Vance, AL USA
- Sunday, January 18, 2009 at 00:56:11 (MST)
Anonymous, you are not alone. I'm not sure what these emotions I'm having are, but every time I see the news focus on the crash yesterday in New York, I start to tear up! I'm not sure if I'm so happy that all those people made it out alive, or that I wish that Flight 255 would have had the same outcome. Being a CFI (Certified Flight Instructor) I can tell you, it was the difference in the Pilot and Flight Crew. There was an "unprofessional" discruntled pilot flying our plane, and he didn't bother to use his check list, or he would have known the flaps were not down! I only wish Flight 255 would have had a better Pilot, like the one US Air had!
Mary Ann Ratliff Mother of Hidi Ja Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Friday, January 16, 2009 at 18:02:02 (MST)
Hi. I am the same person that posted about how it was 22nd christmas without my sister. Now US Airways crashed and everyone came out alive. I am very happy for them, happy that their famiy members won't have to go through what we went through ourselves and I don't wish this on anyone. However, it did stir up alot of emotions for me, why didn't anyone survive the crash on flight 255? I feel this was so unfair. Does anyone here feel this way, too? So I know I am not alone in this. I don't go a day without thinking of those victims and my sister. I have moved on, but I wake up and my sister is often the first thought of the day. I am very glad that Cecelia survived. I guess it is time to call my therapist for an appt as I have not really talked about this in a long time. Hugs to you all.
- Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 21:57:08 (MST)
This message is for Ms Betty Polec. I have been touched by this beautiful young couple at Resurrection Cemetery, Donald and Lisa Klaft. When I go to visit my family members they are across from them. I have often wondered how they died and I just recently found out they were in the crash of flight 255. I just wanted you to know they have touched my heart and I always leave flowers at the grave sight for years you may have come across them. I just want you to know I am thinking about them. My prayers go out to you and your family and all the other victims of this sense less crash
Amy <att662002@yahoo.com>
Clinton Twp, MI USA
- Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 21:22:40 (MST)
I can remember the day as if it were yesterday. I had heard about the plane crash but living in Phoenix, we had a black out of the names. My mother called from Little Rock, frantic, asking me if my sister in California had reached me and I said she had not. She told me to call her. When I called she told me "the paper here says that Bill was on the plane that crashed" I told her she must be mistaken and I hung up and called his house, getting only the answering machine. Later that night it was announced on the news that he was indeed on the flight and was one of the fatalities. I felt numb at first, in total denial. This was my first love, I had been engaged to him and chickened out only because I was afraid, he ended up being one of my best friends and now he was gone. It's been a long time and I miss him so much. He was one of those people with charisma, someone that everyone wanted to know. He left a huge void in everyone's life who knew him. I hope he knows how much he is missed.
Lauran Johnson <gaylej_@live.com>
Spokane, WA USA
- Thursday, January 15, 2009 at 15:09:31 (MST)
My uncle and godfather was on Flight 255. I was barely 3 years old when he died. I didn't know him but on occasion think about him and the people on Flight 255. I wish I had been given a chance to get to know my uncle...the only thing I have of him is a teddybear he gave me when I was little....I love and miss him eventhough I never got the chance to...
Nicole Mazade <nmazade@hotmail.com>
Melbourne, Fl USA
- Monday, January 12, 2009 at 07:43:31 (MST)
Having lost a loved one on PSA FLT-182, I know the pain we all share. I just wanted to send my love and let you know you are all in my prayers. The memorial is beautiful and your loved one's will never be forgotten !! God Bless ALL
Lake Tahoe, CA USA
- Monday, January 05, 2009 at 12:34:00 (MST)
It is amazing that 21 1/2 years have now passed. Just this morning I was watching a video tape I made on March 24, 1987, of the Lakers and Suns. Nick Vanos was an exceptional young man with an extremely promising NBA career ahead of him. Watching him on the court again was a bittersweet joy. My heart is out even now to Nick's family and the families of all of those lost on 8/16/87.
Don in Calif.
- Monday, January 05, 2009 at 11:07:19 (MST)
I was 17 in 1987 camping in U.P. Mich that day. I now drive a semi and pass the site frequently. I think about your families then. God bless you all and take care.
b. peterson <peterson027@charter.net>
zeeland, mi USA
- Sunday, January 04, 2009 at 12:52:23 (MST)
I was thinking about my mother, Mildred Avedisian, who was on flight 255 that night and how much I wish she could be with us this Christmas when I came across this website. I also saw information online that stated Cecelia - the girl how survived - had graduated college recently. My mother was a beautiful person who loved the performing arts. She sang in musicals and light opera. She loved children and always looked for an opportunity to help them bring out the best in themselves; especially through music and theater. She would be very happy to know that a little girl not only survived the crash, but went on to have a successful life. Mom, miss you always and know you are singing in heaven now.
Erich <avedis@frontiernet.net>
Geneseo, ny USA
- Tuesday, December 23, 2008 at 02:44:23 (MST)
It was hard to fathom when I heard the news from my Toledo home in 1987 at age 18 about this crash and realized two weeks beforehand me and my best friends were cruising at I-94 and Middlebelt Rd. and could've easily been part of the tragedy. God bless the families of the ones who were lost and the too few survivors.
Jeff Batdorf
Tipp City, OH USA
- Sunday, December 21, 2008 at 22:44:07 (MST)
God bless the victims of this tragedy. As long as family and friends remember them, as the monument says, their spirit will live on. Thanks too, to the webmaster for this memorial site.
Bob Castro <bcastro@mindspring.com>
Atlanta, GA USA
- Monday, December 08, 2008 at 11:29:58 (MST)
This is 22nd Christimas without my sister and it is still pretty tough time for my family. This is the first time I've posted to this website. I thank you all for the website. I have never attended the memorial at Romulus nor spoke with anyone here before as I prefer to keep our family lowkey. The holidays are the most tough times of the year for us as my sister really loved Christmas season and helping others. The world is a lesser place without the 154 individuals.
- Sunday, December 07, 2008 at 05:19:08 (MST)
I picked this incident for my Emergency Prepardness report. I vividly remember the date, and my friends that responded to the crash and their respect for the families and all onboard. They will not be forgotten. thanks for putting up the site.
Rich Birrell <numbrcruntchr@yahoo.com>
farmington, mi USA
- Wednesday, December 03, 2008 at 05:41:54 (MST)
My heart goes out to all affected by this tragedy. I remember how shaken I felt, when I was 9 years old and heard the stroy on the news. I'll never forget it, as it was the day before my sisters birthday. I lived in Metro-Detroit at the time so much of the coverage is still fresh in my mind. Again my heart goes out.
Mike <mjmorgan@gmx.com>
- Monday, November 24, 2008 at 10:08:07 (MST)
Im so sorry for the people who lost loved ones in this crash it just shows everything can change in a split second. Anyway may all the dead R.I.P The storie just touches my heart
Yardly <uhmees@hotmail.com>
Birmingham, WM UK
- Sunday, November 23, 2008 at 10:48:51 (MST)
This event touched my life so deeply. I was 18 years old with a 4 month old son. With no actual connection, my heart has always carried a piece of this story with me. Never knowing until today the little girl's name her survival was an inspiration, as well as, those heroes who pulled her from the wreckage. The tragic loss of her immediate family. May she have peace in her life and the families of those who were lost. Precious to those of us who remember this day.
Angela <amjc@att.net>
Milton, FL USA
- Sunday, November 16, 2008 at 08:18:02 (MST)
IN LOVING MEMORY OF DEANNA MARIE PRESTI When I saw yor name here it brought back alot of sadness&tears;. I happen to consider myself quite a hardass,but yet I find myself crying quite hardly. I (along with my classmates)thought you were an amazing girl!I would give anything for a time machine and somehow change your plans that summer so you wouldn't have been on that damn plane! It was awesome to be your friend and for that I'm extremely grateful. I can only imagine what great things you would have accomplished. Oh and last but not least you were the hottest chick whether you believed me or not!!!!!!!!!!!GOD BLESS YOU DEANNA R.I.P. IT'S been 20 years and I haven't forgotten and will alaways remember you!
poston jr high <sickveg32@yahoo.com>
mesa, az USA
- Sunday, November 02, 2008 at 03:06:33 (MST)
Even though it has been over 20 years since this horrible tradedy, it has never been forgotten. God be with all of the families of flight 255. You will always have a place in our heart here in Michigan. God Bless you all!
Erin <ekd1974@hotmail.com>
Fenton, Mi USA
- Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 13:42:21 (MDT)
I am so sorry of your loss all the families of the terrible tragedy. May the Lord be your strength and guide. I was 26 when this happend and I wept for a long time and thinking about this 4 year old child losing her whole family, I could relate in the sense I was taken away from my mom when I was almost 10 and 2 weeks later my 3 siblings were taken from her as she wasn't well. I was in one home and the others were in another. Wherever cicelia is we need to let her be and when the time is right gods timing not ours she may or may not come and share her life with us. This is an overwelming sort of thing for a young adult, woman. i think of her sometimes and even wonder what she looks like today. She said she's doing good and is married.God Bless You all and many happy times ahead. Linda Berndt
Linda Berndt
Oakdale, MN USA
- Wednesday, October 22, 2008 at 05:59:18 (MDT)
I was a member of UsAir 427 recovery effort.(Pittsburgh 1994). I was 14 years old when 255 went down.The day it happened, My dad and I flew to Seattle from Pittsburgh.(Delta) I remember her calling my sister in a panic because she heard the news about an air disaster and wasnt sure of what city we connected to or what airline it was. I remember the news paper the next day. I didn't know how to feel. I was young and dumb. 7years later 427 came down and I, as well as my friends and brothers, will never forget it. I have become alot more educated about safety and pilot procedures being as I am now a student pilot. I was shocked to see that a Span air jet went down last month.(Md- 82) The cause Flap and slat deployment failure. Once again the alarm did not sound to warn the pilots. Shocking stat:154 died. I thank everybody for this site. I want you to know that I will always remember you in my thought and prayers. And one thing is for certain is that I will always push for air safety causes and alliances. God Bless you all
Mike <dmikester427@comcast.net>
Sylvan Lake, Mi USA
- Monday, October 20, 2008 at 20:18:50 (MDT)
Thank you all for this website and blessings to the family and friends of those lost in the crash. To CC, should you ever read this, I have carried you in my heart all these years and prayed for you. The event came to me in a dream about a week before it occurred and (later) when I saw it on the news I cried as though I had lost my own family. I felt sure I would never be able to find out more about you but in this age of technology I am blessed to find that you grew up in a wonderful home surrounded by a loving family. You are truly blessed by God, and my heart is at peace now. Live Love and Laugh. Veve
Veve Rendall <imagine.peace@verizon.net>
Murphy, NC USA
- Friday, October 17, 2008 at 10:34:50 (MDT)
For Julie - Thinking of you and I hope your parents still stop by here to read that you are remembered by your friends. We miss you still...
Richard D. Holub <rdholub@msn.com>
La Quinta, CA USA
- Tuesday, October 14, 2008 at 03:40:19 (MDT)
I'm so sorry for everyones loss on that day..but I am also greatful that my dad took a different route when he drove me to my aunts house at the time of the crash. He would usually drive down Middlebelt but choose to take 275 to Eureka from Michigan Ave. We probably would have been right at 94 as the plane was crashing. Like I said, I'm very lucky that my dad, for reason, decided to change his route or our names might be on the memorial. Once again, very sorry for your losses, I will never forget that day.
Mike Boomer <boomer8201@yahoo.com>
Romulus, MI USA
- Wednesday, October 08, 2008 at 05:18:30 (MDT)
I love your site and condelence to all that lost their life and family,onye Eze Igbo don land hereoooooooooooooooo
Onye EZE IGBO <onye_igbo@yahoo.com>
ohio, NY USA
- Monday, September 22, 2008 at 04:20:02 (MDT)
I stumbled upon this site by chance and it brought back memories. I was 6 when the accident happened and my cousin, Justin Keener, was one of the victims. I have few memories of him which is sad because I'm sure he would have grown up to do something great. The only real memory I have of it is the entire family being at my grandparents and everyone was sitting around watching the TV to find out more while a few people sat by the phone. My condolences to anyone who lost a family member that night.
Clint <gospottygo@yahoo.com>
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Sunday, September 21, 2008 at 07:17:01 (MDT)
First of all, I am so sorry for all your losses. I was one of the people that offered to adopt or provide a home for Cecelia Cichan, but I am glad that her family took her in and raised her. I think it was the most wonderful thing that they have done for her and gave her a new home with lots of love, guarded her against media. I believe that Paula and Michael Cichcan are watching down smiling and forever thanking Cecelia's aunt and uncle for taking her in. I have adopted 3 different children whose parents died tragically. I gave my 3 children unconditional love, as well, and they have grew up to be fantastic and well adjusted adults. From what I could find on Cecelia, it seems that she has turned out wonderfully and I am so glad. I understand that it has to be very hard on her as well as it was hard on my kids, too but I helped them through with the help of professionals. God bless all of you, the families and Cecelia!
AJ <irocgal@live.com>
- Saturday, September 20, 2008 at 18:01:38 (MDT)
No matter how far away we may have been at the itme of such and accident, or whether we knew any person on the flight, it is always a very sad day. The souls of so many that are lost in such tragic moments always touch us in one way or another. Of all accidents that take place throughtout the world, the Airline accident seems to be the more sad due to the large number of lives lost at that one moment. I may not know any of them, but i always say a prayer for them at the first moment i hear of such a tragedy.
James Cleary <james.cleary07@comcast.net>
Thornton, CO USA
- Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at 13:01:37 (MDT)
I remember tragic accident, & think of "little girl with her polish nails" Lone survivor. I think of her from time to time, not growing up with her parents & brother. But I'm sure she got unconditional love from her families on both side. Cecelia I hope your doing well & cherishing every moment of your precious life. May peace always be with you.
Joanne Rodriguez <dnesdod2002@yahoo.com>
Corona, ca USA
- Sunday, September 14, 2008 at 16:50:47 (MDT)
I was looking through the history of the MD-80 when i came across information regarding this accident. It's such a tragic loss. I was born in 1987, one year after this accident, (i'm 21) and the loss of life is so shocking, and sad. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those killed by this tragedy, and ofcourse, i hope the sole survivor's living a peaceful life. God Bless.
Gregory Mahony <mahonygreg@hotmail.com>
County Wexford, Ireland
- Saturday, September 13, 2008 at 20:37:11 (MDT)
All I can say is, my heart sincerely goes out to all of you involved in this tragedy. I was 14 years old and visiting relatives in Phoenix at the time, and for some reason, even years later I feel connected to this crash. This is one accident that I just can never forget. I had taken flight 255 1 year prior, from Phoenix to Orange Co. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU. - Chris
Chris B <cbenbro@yahoo.com>
West Covina, CA USA
- Wednesday, August 27, 2008 at 04:31:12 (MDT)
I am sorry for your loss. I hope that the sadness is gone and that the wounds have been healed. I cannot imagine the pain, the sorrow you felt and may still be feeling after all these years. I have a family which I could not live without but death is the one fact of life we will deal with for sure. May we have the same strengh you have showed and may we have the love and support that I sincerely hope you all had. God bless you. Rui
Rui Martins <rmarti@sapo.pt>
London, UK
- Tuesday, August 26, 2008 at 04:35:39 (MDT)
I grew up in Romulus,on Wick road just a 1/4 mile from the crash site.I was very shocked,and saddened by the terrible loss suffered that day.I would like to express my deep sorrow for the victims families,and may your loved ones never be forgotten.
Doug Hinrichs <philochs65@gmail.com>
Clayton, MI USA
- Sunday, August 24, 2008 at 08:19:32 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with each of you and your family. I was reminded of this site when I came across a saved e-mail, I received from a firefighter last year when I signed the guestbook. I was away on the anniversary of the crash, but I am keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Chrystal <chrystalr03@hotmail.com>
Redford, MI USA
- Friday, August 22, 2008 at 07:53:45 (MDT)
I have been a police officer for 22 years and I was one of the first responders to the North West Flight 255 tragedy. The one thing that stands out the most in my career is the memory of the victim's and family's of Flight 255. Cecelia, I was there when you were rescued and my heart goes out to you and your family. Life is precious and we must cherish every moment we have with our love ones. I will always keep their memory in my heart.
Fred Sayger Jr <tribalfhs@comcast.net>
Garden City, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 12:20:31 (MDT)
I think of this crash sometimes and still feel sad about this tragedy and a little girl losing her parents and her brother. I do pray for her sometimes, cecilia, and I wonder about her and how she is doing, about 25 years old. I looked online to see if there's a picture of her. Anyways may god still comfort the family and friends of those who died in this plane crash. My heart goes out to you all.
Linda Berndt
oakdale, mn USA
- Thursday, August 21, 2008 at 06:51:52 (MDT)
I, too, would like to thank everyone for their sincere comments on this website and for those who took time to attend our yearly memorial observance on Saturday, August 16th. I echo the sentiments of Rev. Jim Wieging, when he said (that evening) that, although there is still a sense of sadness, we gather there (at the crash site) to remember those who we lost. He went on to say that it has become a sort-of family reunion, and that proves that life DOES go on. For those family members who lost additional loved ones in the years since the crash, please know that we remembered them, too. As Fr. Jim said, they have gone on to join those whose names are inscribed on the monument. I join Mary Ann in thanking everyone for coming, including The Salvation Army for providing their canteen truck, which they have done every year since the day of the crash. They never cease to amaze me, because they don't have to necessarily be contacted; they simply show-up and we appreciate it! Thank you, too, for those who came for the first time. The anniversary may not have been mentioned on the local news reports here in the Detroit area, but elsewhere throughout the country it is STILL being remembered. We will NOT forget!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 20, 2008 at 08:31:29 (MDT)
I still stop by this website every few months and I'm always amazed by how many people were affected by the crash and have vivid recollections of it. I was unable to attend the memorial this year, but wanted to let the family members know that I was thinking of them. It was a pleasure to meet some of you last year, when I was there covering the anniversary for the newspaper. And to Tony Zanger and Mary Ann Ratliff, thank you for the kind e-mail messages after the story came out. Take care and God bless.
Cortney Casey <ccasey@candgnews.com>
- Monday, August 18, 2008 at 13:09:14 (MDT)
It was a distinct honor to meet many of you at the memorial gathering this year. My friend, Mike Sullivan, was a truly good friend, a great volleyball player and would give the shirt off his back to anyone. Talking with all of you really brought up so many memories of Mike's life and the days and weeks after the crash. If possible, I'll try to attend again in the future. Please feel free to contact me anytime.
Karl Sup <kjsup@cox.net>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 22:52:33 (MDT)
I stumbled onto this site after seeing something in yesterdays newspaper about the anniversery of the plane crash in detroit. I have read almost all of the entrys and would like to offer my condolences to everyone effected by this tragedy. Seeing no mention of his name, I would like to tell everyone about my friend George Amabile who was on that plane with his 3 year old son. George was REALLY one cool dude. One of the most positive and friendly people you could ever find. To say that he was tallented would be the understatment of all time. He played guitar and was a totally committed musican. He wrote songs, sang like a bird and lived to entertain people. He played gigs all around our hometown of Clark, New Jersey. His carear was just starting to take off. He had a great stage pressence, as we say in Jersey he really "KICKED ASS" on stage. He had many many friends. Once you met him you would not forget him. I cannott believe so much time has passed, and all the things he has missed. I know that I think of him often , "like when a certan song comes on the raido" and I know many other people must also. I do hope thier is a rock n roll heaven, - cause i,me sure George steps up for at least one solo a day. Telling you all about my friend tonight has been good for me . Remembering him is a "good thing" I wish everyone who lost friends and loved ones peace and happiness and hope. Paul Ritchings , Brick N.J.
Paul Ritchings <Paulchings@aol.com>
Brick, N.J. USA
- Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 22:43:11 (MDT)
I want to thank all of you that attended our 21st Annual Memorial Serice on the Hill. We had a lot of new faces and really enjoyed talking with everyone. And many Thanks to The Salvation Army for coming each year with your Canteen Truck and suppling us with refreshments. We really do appreciate you ALL!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Sunday, August 17, 2008 at 22:21:29 (MDT)
I can't believe it's been 21 years. I was at the aiport that evening picking up my sister. My brother and I parked on the roof of the parking structure. As I got out of the car, I saw a plane on fire falling from the sky. I couldn't believe it. Didn't want to believe it. I still think about that day when I see a plane taking off today. I didn't know anyone personally on the flight, however I grieved for quite awhile afterwards. Every year I think of the families of the victims on August 16. My prayers are with you.
Kim <woworth@aol.com>
Houston, TX USA
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 21:01:24 (MDT)
Hey Rich, We still miss you.. Take Care, Don B.
Don Barbari <topwopqc@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 20:21:19 (MDT)
I've wanted to leave a comment on this site for sometime. As this is the 21st anniversary of the crash I thought this was an apt time to leave one. Though I didnt know anyone who perished on Flight 255 or anyone affected by the loss of their loved ones, this crash has always been in my memory. I remember it so well because it was the eve of my 12th birthday. As I was driving through the countryside today, I remembered the significance of the day and thought of you and your loved ones. Though I have struggled through the years, trying to figure out my purpose in life, coming to this website gives me a sense of peace. Ive learned a lot about those who perished and realized it was a sad and tragic loss to lose such a caliber of people on that flight. I hope I am able to live with such grace and courage those left behind do everyday. And as the crash time approaches, I shed tears for all those souls lost.
Leanne <ellsbells@netzero.com>
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 19:01:47 (MDT)
I think about your loss each and every year on this date. I found this site last year and found it a great tribute to those who lost loved ones. I was 19 and remember so well that Sunday evening and the days following. Please know your loved ones are in many thoughts and prayers and will be for generations to come.
Jeff <magicalphoto@aol.com>
Macomb, mi USA
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 18:33:41 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you, my extended family. I've had agood day today filled with a concert in Burbank at a place called "The God Shop". I was looking at the picket fence that surrounded the shop and thought of the picket fence my Dad,Lew Dresch, (onboard Flt.255) had built. I thought for a second abbout Dad, looked up at a white sign next door with a phone # that went (818) 255- whatever the rest was. Dad was saying "Hi' Stephen. I'm glad your having a blessed day." My rainbows are still being sent. All my love to everyone and rest assured; their spirit DOES live on.
Stephen Dresch <stevedresch@yahoo.com>
Tarzana, CA USA
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 17:19:47 (MDT)
Today is a very sad day, but we must remember the good times with our loved ones we lost 21 years ago today. Kirk should be celebrating his 44th birthday on the 20th of Aug. I just today discovered this site, and reading all the posting has been both difficult and helpful at the same time. It is great that so many people take the time to write their thoughts to our families of FLT.255 Dee Murdy PHX jax2phx@cox.net
Dee <jax2phx@cox.net>
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 09:54:58 (MDT)
21 years ago today. Doesn't seem that long ago, actually. I remember that horrible crash clearly, and the aftermath. Dad and I drove down I-94 some days after the crash and I got this feeling over me that I cannot describe when I saw the charred roadway and road embankment. Awful.
Ron Patrias <michigander6@wowway.com>
Dearborn Heights, MI USA
- Saturday, August 16, 2008 at 07:42:11 (MDT)
I was a friend to Tim Buck, What a great and wonderful person. My heart goes out to the Famliy of Fight 255. I'll never forget like many others. The day we loss our friends and familys.
michael ridlon <ridlon9@q.com>
- Friday, August 15, 2008 at 17:57:38 (MDT)
To The 255 Group, Thinking of all of you and wishing you the best. Your efforts have not gone unnoticed. I WILL ALWAYS REMEBER.
Bruce Bennitt <blbennitt@core.com>
Hesperia, MI USA
- Friday, August 15, 2008 at 16:51:26 (MDT)
Friends...I will be unable to attend this year's vigil due to a work commitment, but know that I will be with you all in spirit. After meeting so many of you last year, I was hoping to be able to make it this year, but that's not going to be possible. I'll be sure to take a moment for some reflection at 8:46 PM, the minute so many of our lives were changed 21 years ago. Regards
Chris Freytag <cfreytag@earthlink.net>
Metamora, MI USA
- Thursday, August 14, 2008 at 02:47:40 (MDT)
Once again, as the (21st) anniversary fast approaches, I'd like to remind family, friends and well-wishers that our yearly Memorial Vigil will take place on August 16th at 8:46 p.m. at "The Hill" - Middlebelt and I-94 Roads in Romulus, MI. We usually begin gathering between 7:00-7:30 p.m., with a short and simple vigil service that follows at 8:46 p.m., which is the time the crash occurred. Everyone is most welcome. Please bring insect repellant and a lawn chair. Park along Middlebelt road (usually in one of the hotel parking lots) and carefully walk to the crash site..remember, there's a busy intersection just as you approach the embankment where our monument rests. We hope to see you there. God Bless! Family Members can also gather early between 5:00-7:00 pm at the same resturant we gathered at last year! Please shot me off an e-mail if you plan to come, so that I can make sure we have seating.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 12:25:03 (MDT)
I wish all of the families and those affected by this tragedy a comforting peace that endures the rest of your days and a hope that someday a huge reunion with our loved ones be in store.......God bless all of you.
Billie Irvine <bddirvine@yahoo.com>
Jerome , MI USA
- Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 11:26:19 (MDT)
My thoughts are with all of the friends and family members of the flight 255 passengers as the crash anniversary approaches. I hope that you all find the peace that I know your loved ones have found.
Todd Palmer <LAONJLOVER@aol.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA
- Wednesday, August 13, 2008 at 04:33:23 (MDT)
Hello familly! I'm hoping this note finds everyone doing well. Summer here in California has a completely different feel and vibe than that of Dtroit and although I always healed more with every year and loved seeing everyone at the memorial services, the weather in mid August would bring back the evening of August 16, 1987. My thoughts and prayers and never-ending love for the new family that was given to me after finding out that evening thatI lost my Dad, Lew Dresch, are with you at this time and always.
Stephen Dresch <stevedresch@yahoo.com>
Tarzana, CA USA
- Saturday, August 09, 2008 at 23:28:15 (MDT)
Hugs to everyone related to Flight 255 victims. I am happy to know that Cecelia is doing well!!
Cheryl <Cherkibbs@yahoo.com>
- Saturday, August 09, 2008 at 17:46:37 (MDT)
I'd like to know where in Az. the Memorial is going to be held next week? I believe next Saturday? I was in high school at the time and my high school girlfriends Dad Mr. Melvin C Roundy (NW Pilot)was just commuting back to Az. I loved that man, I really want to find out where and when the Arizona ceremony is going to take place. My email is bolinmesa@aol.com.Please let me know because he was such a true hero in my eyes.Thanks, Jeff Bolin
Jeff Bolin <bolinmesa@aol.com>
Scottsdale, Az 85251
- Saturday, August 09, 2008 at 03:53:42 (MDT)
God bless you all as the 21st anniversary approaches next week. I have always been interested in aviation and accident investigations, but some air tragedies have affected me more that others: Flight 255 was one of those (perhaps I identified with Cecilia, because I lost my own mother at age 4). In recent years, airline accidents have received 24/7 coverage through CNN, the Internet, blogs, etc. But many tragedies that happened before the 1980s are (sadly) either "forgotten" by the general public, or unknown to them. Even though I knew no one on Flight 255, I think it crucial that we Americans not forget those victims whose loss was so keen for their loved ones. I work as an airport parking cashier. The other day, a young commercial pilot walked by my booth, on a layover. We both had free time and spent quite a while chatting. He was totally unaware of Flight 255, so I filled him in on the details. I felt that in a way, I had done a small part to pass this knowledge on to others. From reading your website, I can tell that despite the ever-present loss experienced by friends and family members, you all have done a remarkable job of bonding together and supporting each other through faith, hope, love, and friendship. You will be in my heart on August 16th!
Kate McIver <mciverk@bellsouth.net>
Greensboro, NC USA
- Friday, August 08, 2008 at 21:56:58 (MDT)
A week from Saturday marks the 21st anniversary of Flight 255. My heart goes out to everyone who's life have been affected by this disaster. I may attend the memorial to pay my respect and talk to some wonderful people.
Jerome E. Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Thursday, August 07, 2008 at 09:44:14 (MDT)
I was a couple of weeks away from my 10th birthday when the crash happened and I always have thought about the people who lost their loved ones in the crash and the lone survivor of flight 255. I'm glad everyone still makes it a point to carry on their loved ones memories and hope it'll be carried on for generations to come. I now only live a few miles from the crash site and God bless all of you who keep their memories alive. I will always pray for them and all of you who they left behind on their trip to Heaven, They will always be watching and will be waiting for all of you. Bless the dearly deprated and all who can't be with them. Becky
Becky <Buke077@yahoo.com>
Garden City, Mi USA
- Saturday, August 02, 2008 at 15:48:02 (MDT)
God bless you CC, Heaven can wait. I was 17 years old, and on the Ambassador Bridge when I heard the news, me and my friend were compelled to drive to the sight to see if we can help. The images we seen still live with me today. I will never forget, and now that I have my own family, we have our own vigil on the 16th, for the past 14 years. I have posted before a couple years ago, and thought it was a good idea to take a momnentand do it again. May god always be with the people left behind, they will be waiting for you, when its time.
David Lane <DLane@cablespeed.com>
South Lyon, MI United States
- Friday, August 01, 2008 at 20:40:05 (MDT)
From time to time through the years, I have wondered what happened to Cecilia. Is she all right? Is there peace in her heart and soul? I remember everyone being overwhelmed by the tragic loss of the passengers on this doomed flight and the miracle of a lone survivor, a little girl. I sent her a hand-made card of an angel, and when you unfolded its wings, the inscription read, "Angels watch over Cecilia." Wherever you are, I hope the angels have continued to watch over you, and may they continue to do so for all your days on Earth. For those who lost loved ones, may there be peace within your heart and soul, as well.
Celeste Cole
- Friday, August 01, 2008 at 13:50:56 (MDT)
I was sent this website from someone that was on a crash that I was on. We were on United Airlines flight 173 in 1978. Our flight crashed in Portland, OR and we lost 10 passangers. My heart goes out to friends and family that lost loved ones on this flight. I can't imagine how the 4 year old little girl felt growing up knowing she was the sole survivor. I hope she has found love, laughter, and many wonderful experiences.
Cheri Parr <cparr2001@yahoo.com>
Redondo Beach, CA USA
- Friday, August 01, 2008 at 13:20:28 (MDT)
I was 14 when this happened and I had just flown out from Detroit the day before, to visit family in Arizona. I was very afraid to fly after this but learning there was a survivor got me through that flight and many others! This story came up tonight at my church and the pastor was speaking about love and the strength and courage it took for Cecila's mom to save her life. It's truly an amazing gift. And that is what led me to this awesome website. I have since moved away from Detroit, but my thoughts and prayers are with all of those who have lost friends and loved ones and also for Cecelia. Love & Peace!
Aimee <acawrey@gmail.com>
Denver, CO USA
- Sunday, July 20, 2008 at 20:18:58 (MDT)
I wanted to say hello and pay my respects once again to all the Flight 255 surviving family members and friends. I have posted before on this site. I still pass by the memorial daily on my way to work and think of all the beautiful people lost on that Sunday evening. As August approaches each year my memories of the crash come back more strongly. God Bless all of you that were directly affected by this tragedy. I'm sure your lost loved ones are smiling down on you with pride and love. I will be thinking of all of you on this 21st anniversary. I hope you have another beautiful memorial service.
paul schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
canton, michigan USA
- Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 18:15:17 (MDT)
Wow! I can't believe there are so many people like me who were quite young when this tragedy happened and yet it has stuck with them throughout the years. I was only 11 years old I didn't live anywhere near the crash site, nor did I know anyone involved and yet it hit me so hard! When it was revealed that only one little girl had survived and had lost her parents I cried. And for some reason I cannot get that feeling of loss for her out of my mind. I think about this horrific crash almost every day. I've often wondered what happened to Cecelia and how her life turned out. What a wonderful site this which allows those touched by this incident to pay tribute to the victims and their families. May God continue to bless Cecelia has he did all of those years ago.
Amy Helm
Richfield, MN USA
- Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 08:23:27 (MDT)
This terrible accident came back to my mind last night, and I'm not sure why. I was 15 at the time. We had just moved to Romulus from the Flint area as my dad had taken a job at Willow Run Airport in Ypsi. Since my dad worked on helicopters in the Army and was now working on aircraft at Willow Run, I was interested in such things as he was. I remember the breaking news on TV while we were sitting around, probably eating ice cream, after Sunday evening church. Living just a block from I-94, I remember hearing the sirons on I-94. I remember, as the story developed throughout the evening, being so sad that all of those emergency vehicles went, but there was only one they could save. I remember asking my dad why that would happen since they had just left. What could have gone so wrong. I think it's just human compassion because I knew no one on that flight, but I still remember that night. When we go out to Blocks in the summer, every time we're in the Middlebelt area, I remember and am sad. I believe in God, but I have to admit that even at age 35, I still don't always understand His ways. I looked at the list of names today. I didn't realize at that time how many people were from AZ, likely going home. I can't imagine how sad that must have been, not just for those waiting for loved ones to come home to AZ, but for all of you. I'm so sorry for all of your losses. I appreciate you sharing your page with us. It's interesing to me as I read the posts that this tragedy affected so many people who, like me, really weren't directly involved.
Lorie <lor4fun@hotmail.com>
Milan, MI USA
- Monday, July 14, 2008 at 16:05:42 (MDT)
I was only 5 years old when that terrible crash happened, but I remember it. My family and I were staying at one of the hotels near the airport after coming back from a very long trip. We went to bed early that night but were woken up by a loud sound and the building moving. I can't remember what we did after that exactly, but I remembering hearing from my dad the next day that a plane crashed near us. I never saw the actual crash site, but I do recall my father pointing out the chunk of the rental car building missing from when the wing hit it. I have since moved away from my beloved Detroit, Michigan, but when I go back, I always think of Flight 255.
Ross Wiltshire <rwiltshire@alionscience.com>
Washington DC/Detroit, DC/MI USA
- Thursday, July 10, 2008 at 13:50:07 (MDT)
As a little boy I grew up near Metro Airport. I was with my parents that night. I remeber saying Dad look, the plane is crashing. In short, I have never forgot about the plane crash of the victims and their families. Even drving through the intersection, when I go to visit my parents, makes me think about the incident. I just wanted everyone to know they are in my hearts and prayers.
Matthew H <DMB3380@aol.com>
Chicago, IL USA
- Tuesday, July 08, 2008 at 20:37:47 (MDT)
I am so happy to have found this site. Though my heart goes out to all of the victims and their survivors, I have a particularly personal empathy for Cecelia and her family. (Cecelia, if you read this PLEASE contact me if you wish.) You see, on July 1st of 1967, I was also the sole survivor of a plane crash, which killed both of my parents and my 3 year old brother. I was 6 years old. It was a small aircraft, we crashed near Viburnum, Missouri en route from Chicago to southern Texas. I vividly remember most everything about it outside of actual impact, as I imagine is also the case with Cecelia. My mother and brother were dead on the scene, my father and I were taken together by ambulance to St Louis; he died on the way. I made it and was hospitalized in the Children's Hospital in St Louis. Anyway, every July 1st I can't help but remember (I mean, it just never goes away entirely) - and back in 1987, as August rolled around, my "20th anniversary" was still pretty fresh in my mind when I learned of the horrible news of flight 255 ironically, I had just landed at O'Hare in the wee hours of August 17th after a harrowing flight through a horrible storm which had delayed our landing, and literally had passengers white knuckled and praying (myself included) as we cut erratically through heavy winds, lightning, and pouring rain. I thought at the time, "Well, this is it. I'm not going to make it through another crash." I truly thought this. By the mercy of God, we landed safely - many hours and 1 cancelled flight later than scheduled. My distraught roommate, who was awaiting my repeatedly delayed arrival at the airport, heard of the news of flight 255 while she was there at O'Hare waiting, and of course, was immediately struck not only by the tragedy, but the similarity and present circumstance. When I finally landed, and she found me, she was acting really nervous about something, and kept diverting me away from any areas where there were (I later found out) any televisions. She knew I had gone through a lot that day, and had had a "close call of lightning striking twice" in a sense - and she was keeping me from finding out just then about the horrible crash that had occurred with the amazingly similar sole survivor just hours before. It was just so tragically ironic. (What an angel she was for protecting my heart at that moment.) So, of course, I found out about 255 and Cecelia the next morning. I was blown away. The coincidence was just so uncanny. I did everything I could to try to contact someone in Cecelia s family to urge them to be honest with her - I knew from experience that it was the only way to actually ease her deepest despair somewhat, because for me, the frustration of wanting Mommy and Daddy and no-one bringing them or telling me exactly where they were consumed me more than any pain or injuries I had, and I knew the same would be true for Cecelia. She HAD to be given honest, direct answers to her questions. Dear God, my heart was just breaking for her. I have tears in my eyes at this very moment thinking of it. Eventually, I did reach her grandfather at the hospital - (I don't know if he would remember, certainly he was in shock and despair himself) - and I gave him a brief scenario of my experience and offered the above advice to him as well as anything I could do to help Cecelia or the family with coping emotionally. I gave him my contact info, and he thanked me, but I never heard from anyone. I have always wondered what happened to Cecelia. I know her and I must have so much in common - our personal tragedies happened almost exactly 20 years apart, yet they are so close together. I would very much like to contact Cecelia, or for her to contact me - please know I am completely in earnest, no strings attached whatsoever. Cecelia - God bless you wherever you are, and know that you are not alone - know that there is someone out here who COMPLETELY understands and is reaching out a hand in friendship to you if you want it. Don't worry, I would never pity you - (didn't it drive you nuts....well-meaning people saying "Oh, that poor little thing!" as if we didn't overhear and feel even more on the outside as a result) - nor would I ever expect pity from you. In fact, I wouldn't expect anything of you - just the dignity of sharing what we have experienced and how we have overcome. Please consider sending me an email, ok? I am, by the way, happily married and living in California now - my husband and I are musicians. :) With all sincerity Dawn Manzo
Dawn Manzo <newrifferoo@yahoo.com>
Modesto, CA USA
- Sunday, July 06, 2008 at 02:54:48 (MDT)
I just found out about this site and am so grateful for it. I was a new flight attendant for Northwest Airlines and on this fateful night, I was trying to non-rev home on flight 255. I was put on the flight at the lsst moment when it was discovered that an empty seat was indeed available. No sooner had I stowed my luggage, when I was quickly taken off the flight. A passenger who had been in the bathroom when the head count was taken, was now standing beside me in the aisle wanting to reclaim his seat. Tugging my flight bag out from underneath the seat in front of me, I was very disappointed. I would have to spend another night at The Abby hotel in Romulus as that was the last flight out to Phoenix for the evening. To this day, I still see the faces of my friends and co-workers while in my quiet moments. This terrible tragedy changed my life forever as it did for so many families. Again, thank you for such a beautiful site. The more I try to forget, the more I need to remember.
Debra Ballinger <dwasser1@aol.com>
ny, ny USA
- Tuesday, July 01, 2008 at 15:58:31 (MDT)
The time is fast approaching for our yearly Memorial Vigil (Sat.,August 16) at the site between Middlebelt and I-94 roads in Romulus, Michigan. All are most welcome to attend the short and simple service. We start gathering prior, to visit and catch up with everyone, then begin to read the names of our loved ones at 8:46 p.m., (the exact time the crash). If you plan on attending, you may want to bring a lawn chair, insect repellant, a flashlight and, if you wish, any flowers or memorabilia you care to leave at the monument (please, no solicitation material). Please plan on parking at one of the hotel lots along Middlebelt Rd., and walking to the site. Also, please be careful crossing the intersection to "The Hill" as it is quite busy. Thank you in advance for continuing to help us honor all our loved ones who perished in the crash of Northwest Flight 255.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Sunday, June 22, 2008 at 11:49:01 (MDT)
I was only 4 years old going on 5 in 3 months when this fatal tragedy happend. I came so close to being another # on the list that evening and seeing it after I passed under the bridge has always made me feal sad that it has happened. I will never forget that day, I can remember it as if it was yesterday. I went to the airport with Family and Neighbors to watch the Planes take off and land, later my Neighbor asked if we wanted to go out for icecream. We left and was just within a minutes of the same fate as those I feel sadness for. I have always felt this fealing inside me that is unexplanable, a fealing that still lives with me today. I have just found this site online and it brings back the sadness even more and with the anniversary so close I wonder why now I have found what I have always wondered about? Everytime I pass that bridge I wonder why I was so lucky to be alive while so many others were not? The Memorial means so much to me and hope to build myself up enough to go visit and say a prayer for all who lost there Dear loved ones, and for the ones that got lucky as to still be alive. The Lord works in mistiruse ways, I really think He is trying to tell me something, what I am not for sure of. I think it is wrong for those to show pictures of tragic nature and it only brings more pain, so should be kept out of text. I am gratefull that there was at least one survivor, and think very highly of her parents for sacraficing themselves for there own. I have so much pain from sadness that most seems held deep inside. I pray for and think of all from flight 255 and surrounding people that were on the bridge and below. I also Pray for the Family members and friends that miss what has been taken from them. I believe in heaven and that is were they are. I am also now knowing today that that flight was a NW flight and headed to Phoenix, were I once lived and wanted to be again some day, if there is some segnificance to all this, or just quinidence. If anyone would like to get in touch with me and get together for a prayer at the memorial site, I would be blessed to do so. I would like to gain the courage to step forward in Prayer for this day has always hurt me inside. It hurts even to write these words I say now, it makes me want to cry. I feel the pain of sadness for others and think life is to short to just care for yourelf. I have become a very caring person and try to live the life that Jesus wants, thinking there was an Angel that saved so many others lives, while taking others to heaven to be beside him in Green Pastures. while his cup runnith over. Bless all and I pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our Death, Amen.
Harley Reed <harleyreed@gmail.com>
Taylor, Mi USA
- Monday, May 26, 2008 at 23:36:11 (MDT)
I was going through old pictures today and came across one with myself and a very attractive women who happened to be a renowned dog show judge. She awarded us the win that day. What had started out as a happy memorable day for me turned out to be a tragedy for Mrs. Erica Thomsen and her family. As I recall she was excited that she was on her way home for her husbands birthday later in the day. She seemed to be a very gracious women (one you would like to have as a friend) As the years go by and the crash is still fresh in my mind, I can only imagine what it has been like for the family.
Jane Justice <windrock@highland.net>
Harriman, TN USA
- Sunday, May 25, 2008 at 22:27:45 (MDT)
I will be writing an article on this crash. It will be a review of the accident and the cause from a technical standpoint. I'm attempted to have it published in an aviation/airline industry magazine. If your interested in learning of the publication details, please email me, and I will let you know. (note: it may not get published for several months). My profession is actually in health care, but I'm an aviation enthusiast, and amateur journalist. I have done extensive research on this accident. I was 14 at the time of crash. I lived, and still live about 7 miles away. I work in Ann Arbor, and drive by the crash site nearly every day. My heartfelt sympathies go out to all of you who lost loved ones. I can't imagine what a tragedy this must have been for you.
Edward. J. <flite421@yahoo.com>
Dearborn Heights, MI USA
- Saturday, May 24, 2008 at 22:16:25 (MDT)
I was reading the recent posts... why would the person want to offer to show them pixs? I agree that it will harm their grieving process? It has been almost 21 years, but we will never stop grieving for a person who died regardless if it was tragic or natural. You all are in my thoughts and prayers daily especially Cecelia.
Cherkibbs <cherkibbs@yahoo.com>
- Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 18:19:39 (MDT)
I was related to Tim and Ryan Buck. I just want to thank my Aunt Diana and Aunt Debbie for always being so strong-the rest of our family supports you!
Morgan Goodyear <goodyear_morgan@yahoo.com>
- Wednesday, May 21, 2008 at 11:59:20 (MDT)
It's puzzling why someone would want to offer us family members "photos" of a gruesome site! I would HOPE that this person was doing so not to be crude or callous. Nevertheless, I think photos such as those, if they truly exist, might be harmful to our on-going healing process. It's been nearly 21 years, and sometimes it still feels like this tragedy happened yesterday for me. I pass by the crash site regularly and visit and care for the memorial often. But don't worry family members, we have ways of making sure comments detramental to the healing process are removed from this website! This is OUR website, that we financially support ourselves and we WILL NOT let anyone use this website for any other purpose other than to respect our loss and to honor our loved ones' memories. Thanks Kay and John for bringing this to our attention. And, GOD BLESS BEV ACKER AND HER FAMILY...may she rest in peace. We will truly miss her!!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, May 20, 2008 at 09:56:46 (MDT)
I am responding to the last post.I know who are and God bless you John. Having lived with this for 20 years I was appalled that anyone would even suggest this. These were people we loved. Does 20 years erase that love? You've always been there for us and I thank you for that. Kay post but didn't what in God's to say. You did for me and I thank you.
Kay Gleason <kayfinn@comcast.net>
Shelby Twp, Mi USA
- Monday, May 19, 2008 at 14:32:28 (MDT)
I have to respond to the posting of the woman who stated she was at the crash site while wokring with an area police department. I was there that night also as a Romulus Firefighter where I currently still work. The lady stated that it was the most horrific thing she ever saw and she has photos that she iis willing to share. She also said her heart goes out to all the family members. Well not to be crude, but I have known the 255 family's since 1987. I would never think of sharing anything like that with them. Where is your compassion and professionalism. Why make them relive that night. Anyone could imagine what a site like that would look like. IF there are any 255 family members reading this PLEASE do not want to see them. Remember your loved ones as they were. Keep them in your heart and prayers. If you really care for their feelings you owuld not have posted that and offer to share them.
- Monday, May 19, 2008 at 13:12:28 (MDT)
I am passing this information on to those who read our guestbook. This is Bev's (Acker) son Steve. My mom passed away April 27th. I had a nice lunch with her on Saturday the 26th then she had talked with my sister and her good friends from Indiana later Saturday night. When she didn't show up for church on Sunday at 8:30 I went looking for her. She went in her sleep, just the way she had always wanted. She did for everyone but didn't want anyone to have to help her.
Mary for Steve <sacker4632@cox.net>
- Thursday, May 15, 2008 at 10:22:49 (MDT)
Dear NWA 255 Families, I am a retired Northwest flight attendant. On that day, my flight had just landed while on duty in Detroit, and could see what had happened. I am so terribly sorry for all your losses. I had been forever changed since that day about life, and the job I was doing. I continued until Janaury of this year. I drove by the crash site often, and always prayed for you and your loved ones. I simply cannot imagine your pain. I am so very sorry.
Decatur, GA USA
- Monday, May 12, 2008 at 10:16:39 (MDT)
I have been to this memorial site numerous times, never able to leave a message until now. This memory has stayed with me since I was 9 years old. I can still hear the sobbing from my Mom, late in the night on that day. Mrs. Linda Grigg was my teacher that year. Words cannot express what she meant to me then and even still to this day. My Mom left 2 months after this happened and I often wished Mrs. Grigg were still here, to encourage me along. I could write a book on my memories of her. I still remember the day they placed a memorial in front of the cafeteria at Andalucia Grade School. Saddened and angered to find out that it had been removed after our class had left. I often think about her girls, that she loved and adored. So many thoughts and oceans of tears. I am almost 30,with 2 children of my own. That I recently started to homeschool. Her love of teaching and ability to to see my gifts, has given me the strength to teach my own gifted daughter. My children are both aware of who she was to me and so many others. I would love to hear from anyone who knew her. I know that she made a lifelong impact on other students, just as she has me. Let's keep her memory alive. Everyday my thoughts and prayers are with all effected by Flight 255.
Crystal (Heal) Dozard <redhead7896@yahoo.com>
Cuba, IL USA
- Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 14:37:03 (MDT)
I was in my dorm at Eastern Michigan University -- I think summer classes had recently finished -- and heard about Flight 255 after I turned on the TV in the lounge. My first thought, as a part-time reporter at the Ypsilanti Press, was to jump in the car and find out more; I remembered, though, that our coverage didn't extend east of I-275 and, more importantly, I'd just be in the way. All those impacted by Flight 255 -- family, friends, rescue personnel and, particularly, Cecilia -- have stayed in my thoughts and prayers. When I return to Michigan to visit family and we fly into Metro, there's always some anxiety. Even more so on our latest trip, with my now 4-year-old son. I can only hope that if he happened to find himself in the same situation as Cecilia that he also would continue to grow, thrive and be blanketed in love. Flight 255 is a terrible tragedy, but it also is a reminder to me to live life to its fullest and to leave a loving legacy.
Ron <rleuty@yahoo.com>
San Francisco, CA USA
- Sunday, April 13, 2008 at 00:51:17 (MDT)
I remeber the night that flight 255 crashed. I had to work at a trucking company located at the Metro Airport Industrial Park. I had never seen anything like this before. I also noticed how the families planted evergreens at the intersection of Middlebelt and I-94. My sons are now seven and nine and I tell them about the crash. I point out how the evergreens planted point upward toward the sky where the people who did not survive are now living with The Almighty. It must be difficult to think about your loss but please just realize that because they died I now have a visual-aid for my children when I tell them about God.
Bruce Raczynski <dropandhook@comcast.net>
Romulus, Mi USA
- Wednesday, April 09, 2008 at 20:36:59 (MDT)
My prayers and blessings are with the entire Flight 255 family. I am 30yrs old and was 10 when Flight 255 crashed approximately two miles away from my home. The day has never left me and I have always had you in my heart. My parents and I were on our way back from the Ann Arbor area that night when traffic came to an abrupt halt. My father navigated back roads and I remembered him saying that he felt like a plane had crashed. He has always had a heart of compassion and found a way to approach the scene to offer his assistance. Because of his role with Detroit Edison, he was able to be on scene. I never forgot this moment. I wanted to get out of the car and help so badly if what he had thought was indeed true. I remember begging him to let me go with him and he made sure I remained in the car with my mother. I can't remember how much time went by, but it seemed like hours. When he finally returned, my father was in tears and clearly shaken up. I asked him about it and he said it was a plane crash and that it was unlike anything he had ever seen. He spoke carefully as not to cause images to play out in my head. We left the scene. Several news reports later, I learned the fullness of the matter. It changed my father's life completely and impacted my life tremendously! I've prayed for you often over the years and please know that you never leave my heart! I know that the emotions of it never completely lift, but you all are AMAZING! You are soldiers! You are AWESOME to have maintained strength through this! God Bless! You are forever in my prayers!
Rogjett W. Peterson <rogjett@gmail.com>
West Covina, CA USA
- Sunday, April 06, 2008 at 12:45:36 (MDT)
Thank you, Debby for your honest and heartfelt comments. We family members have heard many of these similar stories from others involved in the recovery efforts and those who were either employed with Northwest or employed at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Please know that we appreciate everything that was done to help us. In my own family situation, the airline's "representative" that was sent to assist our family admitted that he didn't know what to do; he as well as many weren't educated in disaster assistance to family members in the event of an air crash. We heard the same comments from other famiy members. One "representative" even bailed-out on one family, because she evidently didn't feel qualified to handle the difficult situation. Now, thanks to the efforts of many of us family members from the NW Flight 255 air crash and other air disasters, we now have the Aviation Disaster Family Assistance Act, which was passed in 1996, that guarantees fair and compasionate treatment of victims' families in the event of an air disaster,seeks to provide families with timely and accurate information and allows them the opportunity to visit the sites of the disaster and allows them to erect memorials at these sites. It is the desire of many of us family members as well to try to offer compassionate assistance to others who, unfortunately may have to endure this tragedy in the future. Once again, thank you and God Bless.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008 at 20:13:39 (MDT)
Hello. I just found this website a few months ago. My name is Debby Burroughs and I was the sales and marketing manager for NWA for Oklahoma in 1987. I had been with the company only a year when the accident happened. The reason I am writing is that my Mother just gave me the 1987 issue of "Life" magazine, which headlined the accident. I don't think I even remember it. Our District Sales Manager, that night (it was midnight when I heard the news) called us and asked if we would volunteer to help. Of course we would. I was dispatched, the next morning, to Phoenix, to try to help the surviving families. I was assigned 25 families and was the first on the scene. I remember asking my DSM "what do I do? what do I say?" and he didn't have an answer. He just told me to do the best that I could. You should know that when I was 13-going on 14--my father, an Air Force veteran pilot, was killed in a fiery crash in Las Vegas. Most of my life, I have wondered, why? Why take our father away? It wasn't until NW#255 that I figured out, perhaps, just perhaps, Dad died so that I could help someone else. So, on the morning after the crash, when we ushured in many, many family members into the WorldPerks lounge in Phoenix--I let them scream at me and cry in my arms, and sit, motionless in their quietness, I asked the WorldPerks attendants to heat up some oshiboris (cloths that are heated and bathed in warm fragance) and I bathed feet, and massaged temples and tried to relieve the unbelievable loss. I will never, ever, forget Mr. Bill Best, whose daughter, my age, perished in the accident. He was so broken and NWA said not to serve any alcohol to the families...well, I went against the rules and served him plenty of Scotch--he was enroute to DTW to identify his daughter. I will tell you this: several NWA employees quit the company afterwards--they could not detach from the families, nor the guilt; and one very dear friend of mine committed suicide. I pray that you find solace, that you think of brighter times and blessed places. For me, it is a personal burden of guilt, however, non-founded, that I shall always carry. I pray for Cecelia's good life and thank you for allowing me to share. Debby
Deborah Burroughs <dburrou@yahoo.com>
Oklahoma City, OK USA
- Tuesday, April 01, 2008 at 19:48:32 (MDT)
I had good memories and it was very shocked and difficult and hard understading. I am prayer and comfort too. I remembered everything happen too. When I was at Walloon Lake found out newspaper next day look newspaper shocked and feeling sad too.
Eric Flynn <ericflynn2@aol.com>
Troy, MI USA
- Monday, March 31, 2008 at 20:32:52 (MDT)
I knew Louis Scarselletta when we were in elementary school in West Albany, NY. He was two years older than me and he was one of the best trumpet players I ever knew. It was because of him that I started playing the trumpet in 1967. I'll never forget the graduation party Louie's father put on when he graduated from Colonie Central High School in 1974. That was the last time I saw him. Thanks for the memories Louie; God bless you and your family.
George Schroeder <gschroed@charter.net>
Reno, NV USA
- Monday, March 31, 2008 at 12:29:19 (MDT)
My dad, Michael Bialaski, worked at the Detroit airport for over twenty years. He was there that day the plane crashed and was one of the first on the scene. He has told my brother and I about the story of the crash. I want to say that our family sends our love and prayers to the families and loved ones of those who the Lord took home that day. We wish you all well. Take care.
Jennifer Bialaski <JKBflower20@aol.com>
Perris, Ca USA
- Sunday, March 30, 2008 at 22:46:03 (MDT)
I knew Hidi in school and have nothing but good memories. She gave me a ride in the bug, she was always so nice to me.I hope everyone remebers her and keeps her spirit alive. God Bless!
Ruoal "Rue" Lopez <ruoal.lopez@yahoo.com>
Seattle, Wa USA
- Friday, March 07, 2008 at 10:48:39 (MST)
It has been nearly 21 years since that terrible day. I couldn't and still can't grasp the idea that so many people from Arizona were lost on that flight. I felt the loss because the grandson (Justin Keener) of my boss was on flight 255. Today I still think about Justin and all the people who lost their lives that night. How sad that the world will never know what they would have accomplished in their lives. Justin would be 33 now. Would he be married, would he have children of his own, would he be a teacher, doctor, accountant, or the the head of his own company? While we wish there had been more; the world rejoiced at the news that there was one survivor among the victims. Today she is proof that life does go on, and the ones that were lost will go on as well in our hearts, and our prayers. For all the victims....may you rest in the grace of the lord until you are reunited with those you love. To the families and friends on the victims...may you always remember that the love and prayers of thousands of people throughout the United States go with you everyday...you will always remember...we will never forget.
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Thursday, March 06, 2008 at 20:14:36 (MST)
I just wanted everyone to know that my thoughts and prayers have always been with the families of the victims of flight 255. I am a relative of Cecelia. I never met her, but I was 6 yrs old when the tragedy occured and I will always say a special prayer for those affected.
Elizabeth Cichan <ecichan@yahoo.com>
- Friday, February 29, 2008 at 20:12:01 (MST)
I still remember this tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers are with Cecelia and all of the families every time I fly into DTW and drive under the I-94 overpass on my way out of the rental car facility.
Jason Klein <ultralightflight@hotmail.com>
Orlando, FL USA
- Thursday, February 28, 2008 at 10:06:10 (MST)
Hello..The site is just so beautifully done as is the Memorial (a long time coming)at the time, I worked as a gate agent for Northwest in Detroit.I had just moved from Detroit with my new Husband, David who I met working with. We moved to Hartford,CT where we continued to work for Northwesttogether. I very clearly remember hearing the terrible news that night, and what had happened to NW Flt 255 DTW-PHX, a flt I had worked many times. Our phone was rang all night long..Many of my friends in Detroit were called to the crash site,people who had NEVER been trained or seen anything so horrific(it still haunts many of them today)other agents just needing to talk, one The Agent that boarded that flight, she was hysterical. The thing that stands out in my mind was the following morning.I worked the 7AM flt from Hartford to Detroit..Always full flights in the summer, it was again very busy,normally loud with laughter,crying babies, the ocassional irate passenger..this morning..YOU could have heard a pin drop! The passengers looked scared to death.Most were families traveling to/from their summer vacations.They realized less than 10 hrs earlier, what disaster had unfolded in Detroit, and all the fatalities (except one) Every passenger I checked in that morning, well we immediatley connected..It's hard to explain, the look of "Please reassure me we are going to be ok" Guess that's what I did..Very calmly and I guess in a comforting way..I spoke to each and every person with the dignity they deserved..They knew what they were about to see on final approach into Detroit Metro..what looked like a warzone, still smoldering from just hours earlier, right beneath them. That morning has always stood out in my mind. Just the Human Spirit, how many people telling me they were sorry for what had happened to MY airline, and they hoped and prayed I would get thru this..I could cry thinking back on this. I haven't thought about this in a bit and now I truly realize how much I have pushed away deep inside me. This site has given me some closure I didn't realize I needed, Thank You! My thoughts and prayers go out to all who have lost loved ones from flt 255,and those of us who for different reasons.. will NEVER forget. Next time i fly thru Detroit,I will surely stop to see that memorial and also Glad to hear our Miracle Baby,Cecilia is doing so well 20 years old now(my own sons age)..Thank You and God Bless. Believe, the Human Spirit is alive and well!!! Susan Marsh dollfinzz@hotmail.com Virginia Beach, Va ex-Northwest Airlines Agent
Susan D.Marsh <dollfinzz@hotmail.com>
Virginia Beach, VA 23454
- Wednesday, February 27, 2008 at 06:16:34 (MST)
Dan & Karen Pursley...Danny...what a wonderfully gifted cellist. I know his parents are still proud of him. Dan and I were roommates at Albion College....and remember the call when the crash happened. God Bless you all.
Jim G
Fort Wayne, IN USA
- Tuesday, February 26, 2008 at 14:56:26 (MST)
A week or two after the crash, I happened to pass through Detroit by car on my way from Chicago to Maine, where I attended college beginning that year and to where I ultimately relocated fifteen years later. The crash site had already been memorialized with flowers on the roadside bank. At the time I had not followed news of the crash, being somewhat preoccupied with starting college in a faraway place, and did not make the connection. However, the site was unusually serene and beautifully decorated, and it made a surprisingly lasting impression when I passed through it at dusk. Years later, in a largely successful attempt to cure an almost paralytic fear of flying (resulting from an unfortunate air-travel related experience of my own), I began intensively to research air disasters. I was stunned to discover that the beautiful roadside floral display I recalled so clearly from 1987 was in fact the beginning of the Flight 255 memorial. The story of little Cecelia was inspiring for me at a very difficult and traumatic time in my life, as I'm sure it has been for many other people. However, I am profoundly impressed with the good judgment shown by her family in their decision to shield her from publicity. For years, apparently, she was known to most of the world only as "Cecelia C" and her first name was sometimes (intentionally?) misspelled. I have no idea when and how she learned about her early brush with the man in black, and it is none of my business. So many other families would have, even if unintentionally, exploited a survivor like Cecelia. I have no idea what she is like (I have never even seen a photo, though I am sure many exist and she is quite "out" today). But I am floored by the uncanny good judgment shown by her entire family; as a result, she is far more likely to enjoy an emotionally healthy life -- as a survivor, to be sure, but not as a carnival attraction. My best wishes to all survivors of the Flight 255 lost, and to all other survivors of catastrophe.
David Vincent <david.vincent69@yahoo.com>
Lewiston, ME USA
- Saturday, February 23, 2008 at 15:09:23 (MST)
Memories long forgotten. Flight 255 has again come to mind as I once again tell the story of how I had a ticket on Northwest flight 255 that crashed during takeoff. I found this site and realize even more today the tradegy of this crash and feel thankful I changed my reservation. To this day I still remember sitting at home in Phoenix on Aug. 16 1987 watching the news about the crash and in shock feeling greatful I changed my plans. In a way, I guess that makes me a survivor. Destiny I suppose.
David Lanfor <sandiegodavid2000@yahoo.com>
Seattle, WA USA
- Saturday, February 16, 2008 at 19:57:07 (MST)
Prior posting was for Hidi Ja Ratliff - In case it threw anyone reading it for a loop, like who was this Posting talking about. Thank You Dear and Forever Friend!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Sunday, February 03, 2008 at 17:43:24 (MST)
Thought about you this morning kiddo when I was breaking my Frosted Mini-Wheats in two--can't buy them in the bite size pieces ya know--wouldn't be prudent...wouldn't be right. That got me to thinking about fried egg and dill pickle sandwiches (damn those are good). I wandered off to Ritz Crackers and Peanut Butter for a while and THAT got me thinking about that entire 'Turtle'--52 (?) scoops of different flavored ice creams) we ordered and ate at Farrell's for your birthday--and they rand that big bell and made all that noise. I miss you squirt. I can hear your shout outs and see Flakey and Grandma. We'll all see you soon enough :-) I love you babe.
Pamela Husted <pam1305@earthlink.net>
Fresno, CA USA
- Friday, February 01, 2008 at 02:04:29 (MST)
I am writing this in hope that Celia Cichan sees it. In 1981 I was a sophomore at Ohio State and had her father Mike as my biology teacher. He was one of the coolest and nicest instructors I had in my four years there. He put me in the mind of John Denver in his face with his round lenses in his glasses. He was in great shape physically and he had a weightlifter's physique. I remember one day when he made a friendly challenge to me to see how many times I could step on and off of a chair in 60 seconds. I was pleased that I had exceeded his expectations as I sought approval of such a cool teacher. I lost my notes before the final exam and he gave some very worthwhile guidance on what I should study and it helped me immensely. That day in 1987 when I heard the name of Celia Cichan I had to find out if there was any connection to the man I knew. I knew the spelling of the last name was not the phonetic pronunciation and when everything was finally confirmed I was heartbroken. I longed for a way to one day let this little girl know what an impression her father made on me and so many other students and I am grateful to finally share my thoughts. Bless you Celia and your family and all those who lost someone that fateful day. My heart is still heavy, but God is and always has been in control of all things. Rest assured there will be a great reunion one day and there will be no more sadness!! Peace.
Don Lewis <DonSan100@aol.com>
Columbus, OH USA
- Thursday, January 10, 2008 at 00:49:56 (MST)
Janine Martin - Janine was such a cute and hard-working young woman. She succeeded in making the snare line of an otherwise all-male line, and that wasn't done much in those days. I can't believe it's been as long as it has since the accident - dare I say 20 years? But as Grover Clark said, we miss her at every annual reunion. She will never be forgotten.
Caroline Ezop
Frankenmuth, MI USA
- Friday, January 04, 2008 at 11:53:25 (MST)
Janine Martin. I have so many fond memories of our years in drum corps together. Those memories are engraved in my heart forever. We have our drum corps reunions annually and we all miss Janine and wish she could be with us. I know she is with us in spirit. Her memory will live on in the hearts and minds of her drum corps family.
Grover Clark <GrewvyG2@aol.com>
Flint, MI USA
- Sunday, December 30, 2007 at 23:40:20 (MST)
Hello All, I cannot believed I found this website. I am not sure why, but I have been thinking a lot lately about my friend, Pat Tallarico. We had become friends a few years earlier and I had since moved to Chicago when the accident happened. Our mutual friend Erich Buchner called me the next morning. I can't believe it has been 20 years, and I think of Pat often and remember what a wonderful person he was - when I knew him he was driving for Pepsi and he always had that uniform on! Anyway, my thoughts and prayers are with all of the families who lost loved ones that day. God Bless. Teresa LaMacchia - teresa9202@msn.com
Teresa LaMacchia <teresa9202@msn.com>
Astoria, NY USA
- Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 12:35:17 (MST)
I was working that evening at U of M in radiology, it was all so sad. My heart still goes out to all that lost someone. I have often thought of Cecelia over the years. I'm glad she is doing well. God bless you
Sandra Cook <Sandy3710@sbcglobal.net>
Kalamazoo, mi USA
- Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 03:01:43 (MST)
The world has never forgotten ... God Bless you all. Your stories have touched more lives than you'll ever know.
Brenda <BrendaPriddy@cox.net>
Chandler, AZ USA
- Wednesday, December 26, 2007 at 01:46:07 (MST)
To all of my Flt. 255 Family and Friends and the common bond we share, I will be thinking of you during this time of year when we are especially aware of the empty chairs at our tables. In memory of my son and daughter-in-law, Craig and Kim Hale who were originally from Owosso, MI and had lived in Peoria, AZ for the last two years of their lives---------never to return. Blessings to our dear Cecelia also.
June (Hale-Cooke) Marsh <MarshGem@aol.com>
East Lansing, MI USA
- Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 22:21:20 (MST)
I'm so sorry for all of you who lost your loved ones that day. I cannot imagine the pain that you must still be feeling. I knew Hidi Ratliff, briefly and my step mother was orignally booked to come home on that flight. One life was taken, another spared. God Bless you all.
Amy (Forde) Brick <amy@amybrick.com>
Costa Mesa, Ca USA
- Saturday, December 22, 2007 at 02:09:24 (MST)
Thank you for this website. I was just thinking about my brother who was killed in this crash as he drove home from work that day. Sometimes I just want to look at the pictures and remember. When I came across this website and saw his name there, it just filled me with love. Although I'll always miss him, the memory of him is eternal. We all shared the same loss that day. I love Eddie G, and I miss you. Your little sis, Deb.
Debbie L Galloway <debbiegalloway@verizon.net>
crofton, md USA
- Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 13:36:12 (MST)
My cousin Joey Weiss introduced me to Mike Zanger when I was younger. I joined Mike's baseball team sponsored by Frank's House of Style when I was about twelve years old. Mike taught me how to throw my first curve ball. I remember thinking he was the coolest guy I had ever met, he was a great coach. Even then, I respected the fact that he took time away from his personal life to teach others how to play baseball. We won the championship that year and it was one of the fondest memories of my youth. My friends still tell me I had one of the most wicked curve balls they had ever seen and it always makes me think back to my teacher and coach, Mike Zanger. God bless Mike for his influence on me and the many kids I have coached over the years since. And, God bless his family. Have a Merry Christmas knowing that all of the victims will live on forever through all of us.
Bryan Sortor <bsortor@sbcglobal.net>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, December 19, 2007 at 12:30:02 (MST)
To the family of Janine Martin- Please know that Janine's memory lives on with many of the people she grew up with. I have often hoped that you have some peace knowing that she touched many lives with her great attitude. She represented a great family well. I'll always be thankful for how kind she was to my parents and how great it was to know her. I hope you are all doing well. Mark Sherwood
Mark Sherwood <msherwood@lamar.com>
Traverse City, MI USA
- Tuesday, December 18, 2007 at 08:16:53 (MST)
I echo Mary Ann's sentaments, too. NO ONE should be forgotten just because they are no longer with us! I have placed an arrangement at "The Hill", our memorial site, but anyone else is most welcome and encouraged to do the same. Let's demonstrate that even after 20 years, still WE REMEMBER!
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Monday, December 17, 2007 at 22:01:08 (MST)
It's that time of year when we all starting thinking about and missing our loved ones, whether it be from this crash, or just friends and family who have passed on. Christmas is just not what it use to be when my dear sweet Hidi was alive. If anyone reads this posting and lives close to "The Hill" Memorial, please put some flowers out to decorate the site for Christmas. It would be greatly appreciate, and I know they would Love it also!
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Sunday, December 16, 2007 at 12:46:39 (MST)
Thank you both, Laura and Matt for your kind comments and for viewing our memorial website. Please feel free to view it again. God's Blessings to you.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, December 11, 2007 at 19:12:46 (MST)
Just wanted to say how pleased I am to see this website as well as a memorial for the families, I was an EMT that was fresh out of school and this was one of my fist calls, I have been in the emergency services now for over 20 years and what a trip its been. god bless all. Medic in Orlando
Matt V <bigblackchevy@aol.com>
Orlando, FL USA
- Sunday, December 09, 2007 at 10:27:01 (MST)
i remember that tragic day like it was yesterday.i worked at the comfort in on Middlebelt and lucas drive and lived in the neighborhood that 255 crashed in.i was 18 and was working at the hotel when a northwest pilot that was in the lobby screamed omg a plane is going down,then all power was lost.we then went outside to see cars exploding from the avis parking lot.looking down towarard my parents place thinking omg a plane just fell on my house .Still to this day the images of that day will never fadeand I too do not sleep and have disorders from this day.I want to thank john Theide for risking it all and saving that girl and may she live a long and fruitful life cause of u...laura
laura garon/cain <garon420@hotmail.com>
romulus, mi USA
- Saturday, December 08, 2007 at 11:06:50 (MST)
My prayers always to those who died, those who lost loved ones, and to survivor Cecelia Cichan. Our local NPR station did a nice story on the 20th anniversary of the crash. I think you can still find it in the local news section of www.wemu.org, if you want to listen to it.
Becky <becky.landover@gmail.com>
Ypsilanti, MI USA
- Tuesday, December 04, 2007 at 15:27:17 (MST)
I was incharge at U of M's Burn ICU the evening of the accident. An unbelievable series of events, from the horror of what was happening to the hope of spared life. Cecelia was admitted to us and you would not believe the lenghts people went to find information. One reporter actually dressed in a lab coat and pretended he was a doc. He was intercepted before he accessed the unit. All for now. Paul in Spring Lake
Paul Carey <celliec@comcast.net>
Spring Lake, mi USA
- Monday, November 26, 2007 at 15:35:46 (MST)
Until this moment I never knew this site existed. My friends, family and I lost a very dear friend in this horrific accident. We all saw the crash on t.v. that night but none of us realized that our friend was on board. I was at work the following day when I got the call that I will never, ever forget: Dawn called to tell me that our friend Keith Rogers was on that plane. Keith was a wonderful friend who we each treasured. He was kind, funny and each of us had our own unique friendship with this man. He taught my Dad how to snow ski which cemented his friendship with my parents. Keith was a friend to my sister as well as to me. We partied with him; once he threw up at our friend's apartment after a party. Keith was such a gentleman that the following day a dozen red roses were sent to the ladies who lived there as an apology. I remember how much he adored Jason who was just a young child at the time. Keith had moved to Arizona from Saline, MI and was happy there. We teased him about his cowboy hat and boots. At the service the hat, or one like it was on the casket. Keith was a loving, gentle person and had many friends. Barry, Marty and Mike were just 3 of them. I never drive by the location of the crash without thinking of Keith. I never fly without knowing that the results of my flight could be as devastating as those of Flight 255. I miss him all the time, think of him often and know that I am blessed for having known Keith Rogers. I will always remember his smile and will always feel the loss. I thank you for having this site and for allowing me to express my feelings. There are so many of you out there who were affected by this terrible tragedy and I offer you my heartfelt sympathy. And thank you to the many, many people who were there as part of the rescue or support crews. May God Bless each of you for what you did that day and the days following should not ever happen to anyone. My heart grieves for the losses that the families and friends of those lost on Flight 255.
Lynn <annarborgirl2007@yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, November 22, 2007 at 00:19:29 (MST)
Thank you, Paul for your good wishes and Happy Thanksgiving to you, too. You are correct about the weather that day; it WAS hot and humid and I have the vision of the sky at the time of the crash forever imbedded in my memory...it was a gray-ish green. I'll never forget it, because right after I saw the color of the sky, I had this horribly wierd feeling, as if my heart was being sucked out of my chest. I would learn only an hour-and-a-half later that it was due to the crash which took my brother, Michael and his beloved fiancee, Hollins Langton. Thank you, too, Jodi for remembering. We appreciate it. God Bless.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Tuesday, November 20, 2007 at 19:52:17 (MST)
Happy Thanksgiving to all the Flight 255 Family. I think of you, and your l;ost family members often. I pass by the memorial daily on my way to work, and it's beautiful. The memory of that evening has never left me, as I lived close to the accident site. Paul Schmidt Canton, Mi (as for the prior post by Jody, I have to say that your information regarding the weather on 8/16/87 is incorrect. It was very hot and humid on that Sunday. Thunder storms were threatening the area near crash time, so yes, the sky was eerie. That part is true.)
Paul Schmidt
canton, mi USA
- Monday, November 19, 2007 at 15:54:22 (MST)
I was born and raised in Dearborn, Mi. I was only 4 when nw flt 255 crashed, but I remember it well. Whenever the topic comes up, everyone always brings up what a strange day it was, it was cool (unusual for august in detroit) and the sky was an erie color. I don't remember those details, but one thing does stick out in my mind.. Cecelia Cichan, the lone survivor.. I wonder what she is doing these days, how she has held up all these years. I hope she has had a wonderful life! And r.i.p victims of nw flt 255.
pompano beach, fl USA
- Sunday, November 18, 2007 at 16:40:18 (MST)
Just wanted to let Cecelia Cichan and all the other Flight 255 families that I still pray for each and every one of you, even twenty years later. You and your loved ones have not been forgotten, and we never will forget. Even for those of us who aren't directly connected to the tragedy, the lives and memories of those touched by the events of 8/16/1987 are still a part of us. We care about you all...very, very much.
- Tuesday, November 06, 2007 at 20:11:44 (MST)
Moments before the crash, I was sitting in a rented car directly in front of the entrance of the Avis building facing about ten yards from where the plane hit the building. Having just arrived from New York for a business trip, I turned the key at the exact second of impact. Every car in the parking lot was hit and/or on fire, yet my car was untouched. Only three people were on site at the time; two women clerks behind the counter and me. I was the closest person to the actual crash and had to wait for the fire department to hose down the wall of fire that blocked my exit. I was interviewed on television all night and made my morning meeting. From that night in 1987 until now, I have had chronic insomnia and have been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder. Tomorrow I have to make reservations to return to Detroit after twenty years. I will be taking any airline except for NorthWest. My heart goes out to all those with loved ones who perished. How could I have been so close at the moment in time to witness that horror, yet was able to walk away?
Robert Bazer <rbazer@nyc.rr.com>
New York, NY USA
- Monday, November 05, 2007 at 15:47:28 (MST)
I was only 10 when my uncle and cousin died on flight 255. I recently decided to research what information is available online about the crash and found this site. I want to thank those who created and maintain this site, as well as those who built the memorial, which I hope to visit one day. Sincerely, ~Lee
Lee Van Duzer <dr_lbvd@hotmail.com>
Tucson, AZ USA
- Thursday, November 01, 2007 at 21:26:37 (MDT)
Paul: So sorry for the delay with the picture...been having computer problems that have put me behind. I'll try to get what I have for you, however, what I have is a close-up of our memorial.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, November 01, 2007 at 19:38:01 (MDT)
I am a grad student at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and am doing a project on plane crash memorials. I have the details on the project from several family members but still need a phot of the memorial. Does anyone have a photo of the memorial (front and back) they could send me? My e-mail address is paulhoule@charter.net. As the designer of the flight 22 memorial in Hendersonville, NC, I must say your monument outside the airport is a beautiful, and very respectful, structure to remember the lives of those lost. Thanks. Paul Houle
paul houle <paulhoule@charter.net>
spartanburg, sc USA
- Monday, October 29, 2007 at 09:00:01 (MDT)
The loss of Flight 255 was a night that I will never forget. My ex-brother-in-law had been on that flight a week or so earlier and when our family heard the number and it's destination, it hit home. It could have been him on that flight. My ex and I were living in Utica at the time and his parents were in Mt. Clemens. The weeks and days that followed found us all keeping in touch with our loved ones. It is sad that trajedy is what reminds us how short life is, when we should remember it always. My prayers are always with the families and those that passed that day are always in my heart. Never take life for granted.
Leeann <luluwilmakid@yahoo.com>
Owosso, MI USA
- Saturday, October 27, 2007 at 10:49:23 (MDT)
To all the family and friends! I was only one Police Officer of dozens and dozens that Policed that tragedy, but it is a day I will never forget. I arrived from the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, just 3 hrs. after the crash. I remained at the site for over 18 hrs. We searched, we cried...hoping to find more survivors..but only found the one. There was so much devastaion in such a small area that I have thought about those who lost their lives that day and for all of their family and friends many times...now even 20 yrs. later. The Lord bless all of you for your strength. Just know...I was THERE...looking for your loved ones...and hoping to find better results.
Deputy David S. Moody <moodman777@netzero.net>
Westland, Mi USA
- Monday, October 15, 2007 at 19:44:20 (MDT)
in remembrance of Nick Vanos. Phoenix Suns fans never forget
paul <bornhere54@yahoo.com>
phoenix, USA
- Thursday, October 11, 2007 at 09:13:33 (MDT)
Cecelia, I e-mailed you a while back but I'm not sure you ever received it. I am a nurse who worked with you mother at Raritan Valley Hospital in Greenbrook, New Jersey. I wanted to share with you what a wonderful and caring nurse she was. She was a warm person with a beautiful smile. The last time I saw her we were at a "get-together" and your Mom was pregnant with your brother David. Ironically, I moved to Pennsylvania. I pass George Washington Memorial Park about 5 days a week taking my son to school. I have prayed at their gravesite. I know you live far from here, but I just wanted to let you know that I think of Paula, your Dad and brother every time I pass by--they are not forgotten.
Cheryl Simone Ulan <csulan@comcast.net>
Blue Bell, Pa. USA
- Sunday, October 07, 2007 at 12:57:05 (MDT)
I remember Flight 255 so vividly. I drive by the intersection every day before and after work and am reminded of it each time. I was nine years old on that day in 1987, but my sister was only a few weeks younger than Cecelia Chihan, the miracle survivor. Both scarcely more than babies. I would look at my sister, and couldn't imagine having our family all torn from her by such a tragedy. Cecelia is such a brave young lady to carry on her life like the bright light she is. God's Blessings to her and Best Wishes.
Livonia, MI USA
- Monday, September 24, 2007 at 21:05:39 (MDT)
Thank you, Karl, for sharing what you witnessed that evening 20 years ago. As a family member, I, too, recall that horrible evening everytime I smell jet fuel; simply passing by Detroit's Metropolitan Airport also takes me back to that time that has been forever imbedded in my mind. You also helped to support what many of us family members were told - that there WAS looting taking place right after the crash! Some of us family members have always said that 20 years later, we'd probably find out more of "the truth". You helped support what we've thought all these years. Finally, I'd like to say is "Thank You" for whatever you did to assist that evening. I wish you God's peace.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, September 19, 2007 at 20:41:58 (MDT)
Before I begin my name and records can be checked with the state police so you folks will know that what I am about to write is true. I do not want this to go to a news agency or be printed else where. I have no interest in answering questions to a media that will press for gruesome details of what I saw that night and the days to follow. With that said while I had seen some very horrific things that night I will keep them to myself --- At the time of the crash of flight 255 I was head of security at the Hilton Hotel which used to be two or three hotels closer to the freeway off of Meriman Rd. (to much time has passed to remember the name of the street). Any way a Romulus Police Sergeant, Sergeant Painter, and I were finishing a report on an incident and while talking about it at his squad car by the main entrance of the hotel we saw the explosion and resultant fire ball in the reflection in the glass windows of the hotel. The decision was made that he would go the South side of 94 where the crash had happened and I would go to the North side. In the moment of time it took me to get there I pulled up to the cross street just before you would go under the overpass and a woman was pounding on my window explaining that another woman had just missed getting hit by a car that was blown of the freeway. She was running in a panic down the street screaming. My position at the Hilton required me to wear a suit and tie so I appeared as just a passerby except my two way radio which kept me in constant communication with the hotel. I realized that I was looking at the cockpit of the aircraft and to my left was an automobile burning and smashed with its occupants still inside but clearly they had passed. My main objective was to preserve the accident scene so investigators would have every bit of detail around them. This is when I first had a look at the dark and grim side of the human soul as the folks that lived in the neighborhood to the North and West of the accident scene were already pilfering through luggage that had been thrown from the aircraft. I spent a considerable amount of time moving people away from the area and to my surprise I was met with anger and hate for interrupting there hunt for goods. At one point during this time I was approached by a person that said I am a doctor can I do anything? As he was in medical scrubs I had no reason to doubt him and replied I am not sure there is nothing left except under the bridge. I made sure he was put in contact with someone who could get him down in that area. I was at the accident scene for about a total of an hour and a half and was being called back to the Hilton because of increased calls and concerns. I informed the State Trouper that has parked is squad car next to mine and returned. Because of paperwork and concerned guests at the hotel I was asked by management to stay past my normal ending time of 11:30pm and I gladly did so. It was later that evening while watching the news that I learned that the man who introduced himself to me as a Doctor helped play a role in rescuing the sole survivor. It was then that I broke down, just a bit overwhelming! It was not until around 3:00am that I finally return home to my wife who had been watching the evening s events unfold on the news. This was before I could afford a cell phone so I had not spoken to her the entire night. When I walked in the door my wife went to get some lotion because my skin had turned red from the heat of the fire. I have had nightmares for many years since that night and the one thing that has been the saving grace so to speak is that there was a survivor. I kept many of my logs and reports from the evening and have shared my view of the event with my daughter and only a few others. I am writing this not for attention but in hopes that one of you that knows Cecelia will let her know that her life has meant something to me even though I did not lose anyone on the aircraft or ground. I think during some point every day that night crosses my mind and the fact a life was saved does as well. Now for the really ironic part the hour and half I spent at the crash site, the smell of burning jet fuel has gotten so deep inside my system that when I smell it again I am taken back to that time and my stomach turns. With out naming the company I work for, a small jet engine manufacturer, every day I pull in the gate and park my car I smell jet fuel as engines are running in test cells. Every morning I am taken back to that night and my stomach turns but there was one survivor and that alone makes everyday worth coming to work for. One last thing, for days and weeks after the crash my wife told me that the State Police had called every day and finally I spoke to someone, they were calling wanting to know if I wanted to speak with one of there therapists. I was just doing my job I told the officer on the phone, no need . In one of the reports after the investigation I found out that the divorce rate for those that assisted in either the rescue efforts or investigation afterward was between 80 and 90 percent. My marriage survived. Bless all of you! Karl
Karl Denton <karl@karldenton.com>
Commerce Twp., MI USA
- Tuesday, September 18, 2007 at 11:27:37 (MDT)
My grandpa was Harry Brown. I never got to meet him. I love my grandpa and feel like I know him so well because he lives in my heart. I don't know why that crash happened but it did. I'm sure that God had a reason for it. Thank you so much for making this site it means alot to me.
Brea <nyc_priceless@hotmail.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Monday, September 17, 2007 at 16:07:30 (MDT)
I grew up in the Detroit area and was 14 years old when the crash occured. I remember how devasted I felt and do feel everytime I go back home and see the sight of where this took place. Ironically, I now live in the Phoenix area, where the flight was destined for. I just wanted to give my sympathy to all those who had loved ones or friends on this flight. Just know there are many more people like me, who didn't know anyone personally on the flight, but were part of the community that grieved and cared deeply about the ones that were lost.
Shekhar Bhise <bhises@hotmail.com>
Chandler, AZ USA
- Monday, September 17, 2007 at 15:04:47 (MDT)
Just wanted to stop in since I knew the Byelich's, all 4 of which died on flight 255. I wouldn't say I was great friends with the Byelich's, but I was in the same grade as their oldest son in a small rural school in Michigan's "Thumb". I was also in cub scouts with him, and would routinely go over to his house for meetings where his mom acted as our den mother. His dad also owned The Oasis Bar And Tavern, which is still open to this day (has actually been open since the 30's, Mr. Byelich was one of many owners). Reading up on the story though, I'm confused as to the circumstances of the Byelich's and where they lived. I know they weren't native to mid Michigan, but it says they were residents of Arizona at the time of the crash. maybe they had moved back there by then or something. It's kind of odd, I still remember going to their house and doing thing to earn merit badges for souts. Their oldest son was 16 at the time of the accident, so was I. Now I'm 36 and it just feels weird. Just stopping by to show some of us up here still remember the Byelichs from the short time they lived here.
Britton <cousinitt@centurytel.net>
Caro, MI. USA
- Sunday, September 16, 2007 at 13:05:17 (MDT)
Once again, many thanks to everyone for logging your comments onto our website's guestbook. It has been a valuable tool in connecting and re-connecting family members, rescue personnel and well-wishers. Please continue to make those connections, as it demonstrates that the healing process is still on-going, even after 20 years. Again, THANK YOU for remembering.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, September 12, 2007 at 21:04:04 (MDT)
I remember this and I was only 9 years old but I remember thinking how sad for everyone, especially the little girl who lost her family around her while she hung on to live. My thoughts are still with this crash.
detroit, Mi USA
- Monday, September 10, 2007 at 05:20:03 (MDT)
My Prayers to all. When flight 255 crashed I was only 9 days old. At that time I lived only 5 miles from the crash site. I dont remember it, but my Fathers stories are enough for me. He was on the Romulus Police force. I live up north now, but every time I go back home I take I94 to Middlebelt Rd, and I pray for all. God Bless you all. I've also heard the the 4-year girl that survived is now very relious and has some sort of camp. Best Wishes to her!!
Savanna Watts <Savanna_spazie_8787@hotmail.com>
Deckerville , MI USA
- Sunday, September 09, 2007 at 17:18:29 (MDT)
I would like to send my prayers and best wishes to all of the families and friends of those lost in this tragedy. Just like all of those who have written here, I will never forget the night of the accident. I remember watching it on television and having a sinking feeling that I might have known someone on that flight. I worked part-time for different law firms in the city at the time and knew so many people who would leave for business trips on Sunday nights. The next morning I received the call that Jim Tuck had been on the flight. I just remember feeling numb and devastated and confused and overcome with sorrow for his wife and children and all of the people at the firm who truly loved and respected this man. I have thought of Jim often over the years. In the short time that I worked for him, I not only learned a lot about the law, but I was inspired by his kindness, dedication, passion and incredible work ethic. And a note to Cecelia...if you are still reading here, your name has never left my memory. I was a young mother at the time of the accident, with two little daughters who were near your age. I remember my heart just aching for you and your family. Yet, at the same time, the miracle of your survival was a reminder of the grace of God. I wish you a rich, full life filled with love and peace.
Cynthia <cyntyler@comcast.net>
Frederick, MD USA
- Thursday, September 06, 2007 at 10:31:27 (MDT)
Happy Birthday Hidi Ja Ratliff. You would have been 38 today had your life not been cut so short that horrible night. And since I know you read the Internet, per John Edwards, I thought I could send you this Greeting via the Internet! Love you Girl, Always and Forever!
Mary Ann Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Tuesday, September 04, 2007 at 23:22:04 (MDT)
I recently received the forwarded email from Don Kime. Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. I was in Merrill, Michigan this past weekend and saw the memorial erected in front of the high schcool in memeory of Janine. There were beautiful flowers planted there and I would like to thank Mike Becker who does the grounds maintenance at Merrill High School where Janine went to high school. It made me feel good knowing her spirit is kept alive. We all miss her so very much. She had a sense of humor like no other and her musical talents playing the drums was amazing. Thanks to all who sent their thoughts and prayers.
julie martin <julieflies737@hotmail.com>
sandy, ut USA
- Monday, August 27, 2007 at 08:56:56 (MDT)
Wow! I opened this guestbook page and the last entry from Don had my sister Janine's name on the first line. Thank you, Don, and all the others who have kept Janine's spirit close to their hearts. My sisters and parents think of her every day and have quietly grieved over the past 20 years. Most of us have not been to the memorial, but my aunt has gone there many times. She is the one who took my sister to the airport that day. She told us how nice the memorial service was. Thank you to those who have organized these gatherings. My family misses Janine every day and my sisters especially missed her this past weekend when we all got together in Seattle to celebrate her life. (One sister lives near Seattle.) She would be 48 now. It's hard to imagine so much time has gone by but the crash still feels like it happened yesterday. Her memory will always live on, just as all the others who boarded that plane that Sunday evening and never came back to us.
Michele Smith <mms7997@msn.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Saturday, August 25, 2007 at 09:21:49 (MDT)
Janine Martin. A move from Michigan to Houston in 1981 has brought me into Detroit Metro many times over the years. When my flight approaches Metro I think of you and how your smile, goodness, and personality were a factor in the lives of all who knew you, as we were growing up and throughout our lives. My family and I continue to pray for you and all the others who lost their lives that night. May you rest in peace.
Don Kime <d_kime@sbcglobal.net>
Houston, TX USA
- Friday, August 24, 2007 at 11:55:17 (MDT)
I went to school with David Bagnato (his parents were on flight 255). I was very sad to hear of the tragic accident and to hear of all the loved ones who were lost. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you on this 20th anniversary of the crash.
Kelli Sorrell <kelli_sorrell@yahoo.com>
Scottsdale, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 09:59:47 (MDT)
I would just like to say Im sorry for everyone's Loss, I did not have family or friends on flight 255, But one of my best friends Aunt and little Cousin was on that plane! This ones for you Judy and Joshua Glazer!!
Jennifer H. Weaver <dewlicious69@yahoo.com>
North Baltimore, OH USA
- Thursday, August 23, 2007 at 02:16:41 (MDT)
I was 13 years old when this happend. It may have been 20 years ago, but it still feels like yesterday. Though I had no family or friends on Flight 255, I can tell you that my family prayed and wept for all of you as if we did. I now have a 3 1/2 year old son and will make sure that the memory lives on in him as he gets older. We will not dwell on the bad, but do our best to honor the memory and good of everyone on that flight. God bless all of you. We still think about you and pray for you everyday.
William Gipson <Tac6@copmail.com>
Warren, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 15:40:15 (MDT)
I didn't know anyone on the flight. But just wanted to say I thought of all you today and your tragedy is not forgotten.
Judy Schultz <JudyCS@asu.edu>
Gilbert , AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 22, 2007 at 10:28:44 (MDT)
This year I visited the memorial for the first time. It's been twenty difficult years. This trip was very important in that it provided me with the closure I've needed for so long. I want to thank all of my new extended family for welcoming me with open arms. I would also like to thank everyone who attended (friends, family members,first responders and the media). I only saw respect and reverence. We all have been affected by and dealt with this tragedy in our own ways, and I found comfort in knowing that my feelings were understood and that I was not alone. I lost touch with my step-sister Tanya. If you read this please e-mail me. I would love to hear how you are doing. Thank You Randy zell
Randy Zell <rhzell@aol.com>
- Monday, August 20, 2007 at 15:20:51 (MDT)
My brother Douglas Hagler boarded flight 255 after leaving his youngest daughters 1st birthday party. He left behind a wonderful wife and 4 daughters ages 7,5,3,and 1. In an ironic twist of fate my cousin Peter Paine was a Northwest Pilot and came into Detroit that night in the cockpit as a friend and observer on flight 255 (before the days of locked cocpit doors). Peter said the pilot would not have made a major error as they claim because he had flown with him for years. Sadly Peter his wife and three beautiful children died April 1995 in a plane crash. My brothers' daughters and wife continue to be my inspiration and joy. Though I am certain this family tragedy shortened the lives of both of my parents I carry in every cell of my being that God has a greater plan and I am going to be with them in heaven. Doug, we love and miss you and can't help but wonder what life would have been like with you here, but see your intelligence and humor in your children and grandchildren.P.S.I know you liked me best of all 6 of us!!
susan <momrph@sbcglobal.net>
burton, mi USA
- Monday, August 20, 2007 at 14:57:25 (MDT)
I was on a flight from Detroit to MBS that fateful evening and we were on the runway waiting to take off. My two girls [ages 5 and 15 months] were settled and I was looking out the window. I saw Flight 255 take off and crash into the building. What a horror. Once we were able to get back into the Detroit terminal I got to a payphone and called family in Pittsburgh. Unbeknownst to me, Ceceilia was the only survivor and since the flight been in Detroit, I knew family or the news might be frantic and later news of the 4 year old's survival might have paniced them. The flight had originated across the gate from where we boarded. When the list of the victims was released, I realized that Valerie Geiger and her entire family had perished. Valerie and I attended South Hills High School in Pittsburgh. Besides actually seeing the crash, knowing Valerie was on it made it very personal. I have had a real hesitation of flying since my father was killed in a Navy plane accident in 1960. Our prayers are with all of the families of the victims.
Marsha Hummel <r_mhummel@yahoo.com>
East Tawas, MI USA
- Sunday, August 19, 2007 at 20:19:47 (MDT)
I wanted to stop by and say thank you to Tony Zanger and everyone else for making me feel so welcome at the memorial service Thursday. It truly was an honor to meet and talk with several family members and first responders. I was seven years old when the crash happened, and I will never forget it. I distinctly remember my mother giving me the newspaper stories about Cecelia; I was so fascinated by this tiny survivor, not much younger than me. Thanks again to everyone who so graciously agreed to be interviewed; you can read my final story online at www.candgnews.com. My only regret is that I could not write more due to space constraints; so many people gave me so many details that I wish I could have included. Take care, and god bless you and your loved ones are in my thoughts.
Cortney Casey <ccasey@candgnews.com>
- Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 13:51:24 (MDT)
Ben Turner is the son of one of the ministers from our church in Phoenix. My sister and I attended sunday school, choir and youth group with Ben and his family. Rev. Turner, please know my sister and I still think of Ben.
Nancy <uofazwildcat@att.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 10:31:01 (MDT)
Hi Family of those who lost loved ones on 8-16-1987. I lost my husband, Harry Brown, on that flight and I can still see him standing beside the car as I dropped him off at Detroit Metro, reassuring me that he would be O.K. and that he would call me when he got to Phoenix. God called him home instead, and every year I appreciate the comments that I hear of those who attend the memorial site. Circumstances prevent some of us from attending the memorials in person but our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. God has been so good to give us such wonderful friends who stand by us and understand when we hurt so badly on August 16th each year. Thanks especially to Jim and Kat, I love you for your friendship and prayers. Sarah
Sarah Brown Woodbury <scw10778@aol.com>
Bowling Green, OH USA
- Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 09:18:03 (MDT)
I would also like to thank the family for making me feel so welcome the other night. Despite the circumstances, it was a pleasure to meet Tony, Sue, June, John and Dan, and Pam (who I've known since I started in fire/EMS 17 years ago and never knew of her involvment). Thursday was the first time I'd been able to come down for a vigil, but it won't be the last. You all turned what I thought would be an intrusion into something very positive and healing for me. I responded with the Civil Air Patrol that night, and remember the names mentioned below very well, along with several others. I was also encouraged to see Dave and Sue Cotton there as well (Dave responded also), making their first visit to the site as well. We've never forgotten that night, and never forgot the tragic loss of so many people. As their spirit lives on, so shall your spirit of welcoming everyone who was touched by this disaster. Thank you again
Chris Freytag <cfreytag@earthlink.net>
Metamora, MI USA
- Saturday, August 18, 2007 at 01:56:57 (MDT)
Thank-you to everyone who posted a note on the site. I am sure each family member appreciates your thoughts and prayers. As a responder that night I am touched by many of your posts about what you feel and see when you drive past the site 20 years later. To some it's only a road but it really is a place of honor now. The 255 support group has made it that (and its extended family of well wishers). This year was an awesome site to see so many people there paying their respects. In the past years as Kay said there were only maybe 20-25 people on the anniversary dates. I hope in the many years to come there will always be someone there to read off the names at 8:46 pm and a crowd to gather to cry, laugh, hug and reflect. It does not matter who you are with this support group. They accept everyone as their own and treat you as family. I look forward to seeing the Moy's, Sue, Tony, Kay, and many others. I miss the ones that have moved on especially Betty. I was proud to serve that night and respond.. I worked that site with many talented professionals that have since retired, or in some form still work in the field. Thank you to the flight 255 families for always making me feel like family. I truly hold you dear in my heart. John Thiede
john thiede
romluus, mi USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 22:01:56 (MDT)
I personally want to thank all of you who took the time to write a little note in our guestbook, attended any of the memorial services, said a small prayer, or remembered the NW Flight 225 victims and families. As a family member who lost three loved ones, we appreciate the time that you gave to us. From this tragedy, it is just a reminder that TIME is never a guarantee. It was a pleasure to visit friends and meet new ones last night. Sue
Susan Moy Pinsoneault <skimoy@yahoo.com>
Roscommon, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 18:40:23 (MDT)
Wow, it has been 20 years. I was 23 years old, living in Detroit. I remember the day as if it was yesterday. I remember the miracle of the little 4 year old who survived. My prayers are with all the families today.
L. Jones <ltjones@hotmail.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 15:51:31 (MDT)
To my freinds from the Civil Air Patrol who Served That night Maj. William Poynter & Col. David Mintz (These things we do, that others may live)
Michael Gerich <falconfac@comcast.net>
Redford Twp., MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 15:46:05 (MDT)
In memory of Jeanna Tawzer and Matthew McLaughlin. Jeanna was a wonderful friend of mine, we were looking forward to beginning ASU together that year. I lost touch with her Mother 20 years ago. I just wanted to say I think of Jeanna often and miss her. I hope you are doing well. Lori
Lori <Lthornton63@hotmail.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 14:35:55 (MDT)
20 years ago I had just turned 21 and was living on my own in Detroit. I often sat in the little dirt lot at the end of the runway watching planes come in and take off, it was so exciting. I didnt go the night of the crash because of the storms coming in. I remember the night like it was yesterday. Today my heart is still heavy, but with all the response I see here I know I am not the only "local" that remembers. To the family members: WE REMEMBER. On that fateful night you all became members of our community. The ones that were lost became "Our Own." My hope is that by sharing your grief it is less for you to bear. We can never know what it is like. May you find Gods blessings and tender mercies. Know that you have family here watching over the hallowed ground, protecting its sanctity year-round. f
f foster <ffoster45@comcast.net>
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 11:28:04 (MDT)
I remember the day like it was yesterday. I was only nine years old. I was sitting on my neighbors porch and all of a sudden I seen something in the sky thay looked like an atomic bomb. My father thought it was a tanker that was involved in an accident on 94. Later we realized it was more tragic than that. My father worked right down the street from there. Matter of fact his building was used to help sort out the diaster. Sorry for all those who lost their loved ones.
Marie Dubiel
Taylor, mi USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 11:17:06 (MDT)
I just stumbled upon the story of this flight. My father was killed aboard flight 1713 on November 15th 1987. I never knew much about flight 255. I saw the report in our newspaper about Cecilia and read up on it. Normally I'm pretty reserved emotionally about disasters, but this one got to me. The circumstances seem to leave a lot of room for pain, there being only one survivor. There's really nothing I could say that will be profound, but I am sorry for all of you who lost and especially those that still feel like they're losing. It's a very special thing that this page has such of network of people banded together. Take care of each other.
Mac Christian <mccabechristian@gmail.com>
Boise, ID USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 10:31:40 (MDT)
I was living in Dearborn Heights which is right down I-94 from Metro Airport when the crash happened and I remember it like it was yesterday. I was at home with my father when the news came on and reported the crash. I remember my dad and I just sitting there in disbelief. It was horrible all these souls that died so tragically! The ironic part is that I was about to start my senior year in high school and had no idea at the time that one day I would be working in commercial aviation and on the MD-80. My prayers are with you all. I will never forget.
Sean Blanchard <MX757@hotmail.com>
Lakeland, FL USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 10:17:41 (MDT)
I remember the crash of Flight 255 vividly. One of the passengers was Barbara Karow. I married her cousin. She was by all accounts a wonderful lady. I just thought I would share. Thank you for looking in. Cecilia, if you are here, I hope you are doing well. I've thought of you often over the years.
Christine Karow <ckarow277551mi@comcast.net>
West Bloomfield, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 10:06:09 (MDT)
wow 20 yrs ago i can't believe it seems like only the other day this has all happened. i remember that day still to this day we were on the way home from a friends house with the family and when we got home they had it on the news we just missed it ourselves we could have been there when all that happened. i am so sry for all of u that have lost someone close to u my prayers and thoughts r with u all everyday god is takin good care of them all and i know each one of them is lookin down on all of u. to all of those who had lost their lives that day we all miss u and u will be in our prayers god bless u all.
denielle <ddgirl2705@aol.com>
belleville, mi USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 09:41:04 (MDT)
It is hard to believe that twenty years have passed since this tragedy took place and changed the lives for so many. My heart goes out to everyone that has been affected by this disaster. I remember this day like yesterday, i was at Metro Airport with my family in the exact spot on Middlebelt Rd. at about 840pm just two days before Flight 255 attempted to take off from runway 3c. I was unabled to attend the memorial due to work but i visited the site on the 12th. I'm glad to Cecelia Cichan is doing very well with her life and i wish her nothing but the best towards her journey in life.
Jerome E. Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 09:00:40 (MDT)
My niece was to be on that flight and due to circumstances was not. We were spared the heartache that others weren't. God Bless all the families and you are in our prayers
Deb Oswald
Pettisville, OH USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:32:15 (MDT)
For the previous message, please don't judge the comments of that person so harshly... We all have our own sorrow and story to tell and sometimes during this difficult time,the words don't always come out as they should.
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:31:59 (MDT)
I was about 13 at the time and remember that night like it was yesterday. Our neighbor, Mr. Gleason was on that flight and me and my family were doing our best to comfort his family because they weren't sure he was on the flight and hadn't heard from him. I felt so helpless and sad that Mrs. Gleason was so distressed and I couldn't change anything. Athe same time it was hard to believe that someone I knew so well and for so long could just be taken away so quick. When I heard that Cecilia had survived, I thought for sure she's got some big job to finish here on earth and was happy for her survival. I remember her bright face in the first pictures and knew she had some purpose. Wherever you are Cecilia, I wish you all the best. I am very sorry for the loss of your family, and for everyone else as well. It is up to everyone who lives through tragedy and death to live and give to the fullest to honor those we lose, and never settle for anything less.
Chris <christopher197431@yahoo.com>
Shelbby Township, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:28:40 (MDT)
"God is good and that right there says he wasn't ready for my mother just yet." How insensitive. Please, I hope nobody thinks that God wanted to spare this one woman and take the other 154.
Michael Militano <mmili@umich.edu>
Dexter, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 08:20:35 (MDT)
Twenty years ago seems like it was just yesterday. That day will forever be in my mind. We were living in Brownstown and relaxing after a day at Boblo Island. My father, a police officer, got the same call that all other police officers from the surrounding areas received to report to the scene of that tragic accident. I will never forget the news or how the crash affected my father, especially with having two young children at home. That was also the turning point that made me want to be a journalist. Since the accident I have driven down that path hundreds of times and always noticed how the memorial has changed over the years and said a little prayer. May the memories and stories of those who lost their lives live on forever. Never forget Flight 255. God Bless.
Kristi Gutowski <kristigutowski@hotmail.com>
Lincoln Park, MI USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 07:50:05 (MDT)
This is such a bitter sweet moment. I remember when this happened because my mother was suppose to be on this flight. She had planned on traveling to California when all of a sudden she became sick and had to go to the hospital and when she arrived at the airport she then found out she missed the flight by 5 MINUTES! God is good and that right there says he wasn't ready for my mother just yet. My heart goes out the family and friends of the victims. What ever happened to the little girl who survived???
AnnArvir, Mi USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 07:41:29 (MDT)
My good friend Steve Brosnan was on this flight. When I woke up this morning, no one else was up in my house. I am on vacation and have to tell you the view from here is spectacular. The sun was rising and one sun beam was beaming off the lake so beautifully. I thanked God for the beauty and a little "time" without all the commotion of 6 kids before they woke up. I walked right over to my ipod speakers (even before coffee--I usually don't do anything before morning coffee!) and wanted to hear some music. Now, this is not a typical morning routine for me turning my ipod on. With 3,200 songs on my ipod, I just clicked on a song and wouldn't you know it, it was the band that my friend Steve turned me on to back in the 80's...Big Audio Dynamite! I just started to cry! Steve was saying "hello" to me!!! What a gift from my friend!!! His spirit is still with me. What a true gift! Don t you just love the power of God?
Sue Rigler <sue@yourpromoplace.com>
Manhattan Beach, CA USA
- Friday, August 17, 2007 at 00:08:56 (MDT)
As August 16, 2007 draws to a close; this the 20th anniversary of the crash of Northwest Flight 255; I want to take this opportunity to express my sincere THANKS to everyone who came together this evening on "The Hill" to once again remember all our 156 loved ones who perished. THANK YOU to all the emergency medical personnel, police, fire and rescue personnel who took the time to participate in this memorial vigil. I also send a BIG THANK YOU to George Aren and crew from the Southeastern Michigan Unit of the Salvation Army for their continued presence...they have never missed one of our memorial vigils! I cannot forget to thank Rev. Jim Wieging for his continued presence at our yearly gatherings, for leading us in prayer and reflection and reading the names of all 156 victims and for just being Fr. Jim! I must also say THANK YOU to members of the news media (television, newspaper and radio)who were kind enough to provide coverage of this year's vigil with respect and dignity. Finally, I cannot forget to say THANK YOU to all of you who attended this evening - family (long-time and new),friends and well-wishers. You have ALL helped to keep the memories of our loved ones who died 20 years ago alive in our hearts and minds forever. May God Bless each and everyone of you for the kindness you shared. For those family members and friends around the country who were unable to participate in tonight's service, please know that we felt your presence in spirit. Please keep in touch through this website. It is our hope that we will be able to provide photos of this year's vigil soon. Again, I ask God's Blessings on ALL of you.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 22:16:42 (MDT)
I remember that day well and I cannot believe that it has been 20yrs. I was taking my son, sister and my sister's friend to the Jolly Roger drive in on Ecorse Rd in Taylor. As we were traveling west down Ecorse my sister said I just saw a plane go down. I told her it disappeared into the clouds. The entire night we heard the sounds of sirens and had no idea what happened until we left the drive in and turned on the radio. As I looked for music all that was on was the news and when listening learned that my sister had actually saw what happened and I just couldn't believe what I was hearing. My heart dropped and I had a sleepless night. I was a Travel Agent and was so worried that I had booked a passenger on that flight. I went to work the next morning 3 hours early to check every record I had with a heavy heart. I was thankful that I had not put anyone on that flight. I will never forget that tragic day...my heart goes out to all the families.
Sherl <starkloud8@yahoo.com>
Riverview, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:39:36 (MDT)
20 Years ago I was at home in Dearborn when we heard a very loud explosion, we thought something happened at the Ford Plant. I was only 13 at the time but old enough to comprehend what had just happened after we heard the terrible news. I still remember thinking to myself that alot of people had lost the their lives. The next day we heard some good news that a 4 year old Miracle Cecelia Cichan had survived. From that day to this present day I feel aweful that her mother, father and 6 year old brother David didn't make it. I have been a Detroit Police Officer for 8 years now and I drive from Canton to Detroit Daily and there has not been one time that I crossed that intersection of I-94 and Middlebelt without praying for victims and families of flight 255. God Bless all of you and I admire your courage to be able to live your lives with this terrible tragedy that linguires in you minds...Peace be upon all of you... Mohamad...
Mohamad <760@comcast.net>
Canton, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:30:15 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the Flight 255 victims. May you all trust that you will meet your loved ones again someday, when you too go to be with our Lord. By the grace of God, may this anniversary fill you with happy memories of your loved ones.
Jerry City, OH USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:18:39 (MDT)
I will never forget that day I was on another aircraft coming home from Fl. when I got the news and after we landed is when I found out that Tony Zanger lost his younger brother and so to be sister-in-law. God bless your Family and we will never forget. The Robinson Family.
Mary Robinson <rshvllerocket20@att.net>
Toledo, Ohio USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:18:10 (MDT)
I can't even believe it was 20 years ago, I remeber it SO SO SO well and I would have only been 5 years old. The one vivid vivid memory was of Cecilia (sp?) and how she was the only survivor. I honestly cannot believe its been 20 years and how could I remember something when I was so young. My heart goes out to all of the crash victims and their families.
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:13:19 (MDT)
By an unbelievably strange coincidence I found this site late last night without knowing much of anything about the accident or that this was the 20th anniversary. I ve been a Plymouth resident for about nine years but was in the Navy for six of those. So, I hadn t heard about this event until now. I m working on a degree at Schoolcraft College where I m taking summer classes. The reason I mention this is that just before midnight last night, I happened to be reading a passage on page 444 of my philosophy textbook "Roots of Wisdom" (4th edition) by Helen Buss Mitchell about virtue ethics which used a story about Cecilia and Flight 255 to illustrate a point. Intrigued, I did a Google search on the subject and found the Wikepedia article which led me to this site. To my amazement I discovered the event happened here at DTW and it was 20 years to the day! I was dumbfounded by the coincidence in precise timing and location. I ended up staying awake past 1 AM searching for more information and reading news articles from 1987 and the present. All I can say is I m glad this coincidence brought me here. Now my heart can (and certainly does) go out to everyone whose life s journey was tragically altered 20 years ago today. Next time I m down on Middlebelt Road, I will make a point of finding the memorial and stopping to pay my respects. May you all find peace and connectedness in your lives.
John Lewallen <MidnightScientist@gmail.com>
Plymouth, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:12:48 (MDT)
I loving memory Mary and Sam Scott. I miss you both everyday. I have never been able to come to the memorial service as your loss has been to difficult to bare. But please understand that it is never for the lack of love but for the overwhelming feeling of loss. To all of the other families, I hope one day I will have the strength to join you all in the remembering of such wonderful people and their incredible lives!
Robert Scott <saulosirds@aol.com>
Houston, TX USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:12:46 (MDT)
I lost my best friend/roommate Carolyn Cohen 20 yrs ago. I will never forget the day..we had both gone home to see our families (hers in Michigan and mine in Minnesota). I arrived home the day before and was waiting to hear that her flight had arrived. I saw the plane crash on the news...but actually went to bed thinking... NO WAY..it is not her flight. I woke up to alot of phone calls/media. My girlfriend was engaged to Nick Vanos of the Phx Suns and so the media was knocking on our door etc. I was in shock for a couple of wks...but once I started to think a little clearer..I realized that I know one thing for sure, Carolyn is in heaven. She is in a better place and I found alot of peace in that. She was a wonderful person. She was loving,generous, kind..(oh my gosh the lists goes on and on)I would really like to get in touch with her family... Please email me...I hope you remember me..I sure remember you :) Lisa Martin/Johnson
Lisa Martin/Johnson <RJohn1074@aol.com>
Peoria, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:02:41 (MDT)
20 yrs ago? How can that be. I remeber the day well. I remember the days following well, the months. I did not loose anyone on the flight that dredful night, but my heart goes out. Never can anyone lost be replaced, but the comfort and solace of knowing those who died are in a better place can make just a little difference. As I have relected and spoken with others these past couple weeks, it is clear that the crash is not forgotten, nor the lives lost. This evening, I took a moment to pause, reflect, and explained to my 4 boys why. In sharing stories, the respect and journies continue. May peace be with us all. May we ALL never forget.
John W Lardin <jwlardin@aol.com>
Belleville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 21:01:40 (MDT)
I used to travel that way on 94 at the same time. I will never forget what happened in August. From a car, a bus, a truck,a house, a yard, or even just seeing it on the news. One can never forget the tragic story of so many lost lives. So many lives were touched from that day. God has a special plan for the little girl that suvived. Romans 8:28
Mike Reynolds <Michaelrreynolds@aol.com>
Spring Hill, TN USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:57:49 (MDT)
In Loving Memory of Dorian Cheree Wallington. My cousin died at the precious age of 13. She was the sweetest person that I knew; full of laughter and always fun to be with. I ofter wonder what she would be doing now, because I am just a few months younger than she. Cheree had come to Detroit to visit family after recently moving to Phoenix. I'll never forget that awful pain in my stomach when I saw that the sky was red - I knew that something was wrong. When they announced that there was a plane crash at Metro, I instantly knew that it was her flight. The most heartwrenching day of my young life; I praise God that our family was able to make it through such a devastating event. We still miss her dearly. Thank you to everyone who left their condolences on this website, to those who pray for our families, and to everyone that worked so hard to bring the memorial to life. May God continue to bless you - and especially you Cecelia. Your survival has been the silver lining of comfort. We will never forget our loved ones. Cheree, I will see you again and I still love you.
Amy (Wallington) Dickerson <a2n2w3@hotmail.com>
Detroit, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:51:26 (MDT)
Judy Ann Glazer... I knew her as Ms. Tonjes..She was the coach of my dance/pom squad at Clintondale High School.. Fun,thoughtful,teacher,warm,with the biggest smile..those words ....many more to describe ... I think of her often ...and am thankful for the gift of herself that she bestowed upon me way back when I was a young girl...I just know she was and would have been the coolest mom to Joshua.. peace to all..
grosse pointe shores, mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:44:03 (MDT)
All my prayers are to the families of this tradgey, I was 15 when it happened, my uncle worked for northwest and he helped everyone there, my mom and I held candles up for some of the peoples families that couldnt be there, we saw the cloud in the sky that night that was in the shape of a dove, our prayers are with everyone.
Lisa <cutenes18@yahoo.com>
Lincoln Park, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:16:31 (MDT)
I was blessed in my life to have Mary Scott as my Nana and Sam Scott as my brother. It really is hard to believe that it has been 20 years since our worlds were turned around because I can still see them so clearly in my mind. God had a different plan for both of them, someday me and my family will know what it was. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of the flight 255 families.
Lori Cimino <loriann22@hotmail.com>
Tempe, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:16:30 (MDT)
I was only 9 years old but I still remember that night. Bless all of those lost and your families. Gone but never forgotten
Jay Green <vnof16@yahoo.com>
Warren, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 20:06:01 (MDT)
I lost my dad that evening, I was only 16 years old. I remain convinced that he was in excellent company. I send all the survivors my deepest love and respect. I wish you peace as is their wish for all of us.
Danielle Carter-Cass <danbocarter@yahoo.com>
Pinetop, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 19:31:57 (MDT)
Benjamin Panda- I still miss you to this day, you were such a bright and cheerful person and I cannot believe you are gone. As I prepare to return to Mesa for our 20th class reunion you are in my thoughts more than ever.
Jennifer McCormick <jefner_9@yahoo.com>
Oswego, IL USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 19:21:33 (MDT)
God bless you all. We must never forget the mistakes of our past, and always remember those who lost their lives unnecessarily that night. Every time I catch glimpse of the memorial I pray for those who died, and hope that they can eventually rest in peace. God bless you all.
Matt Flavell (pilot) <flavem@gmail.com>
Southgate, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 19:13:28 (MDT)
I still remember the day I dropped you off, and the day I was going to pick you up. God had another path for you. Take Care, Don B.
Don Barbari <topwopqc@yahoo.com>
Queen Creek, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 19:09:35 (MDT)
I had just turned thirteen , I remember that day vividly. We had just returned from my grandmothers house in Romulus, it was a hot rainy day. We sat on our porch just a couple miles away from the airport. The noise from that direction was horrific. In the coming days we watched as the nation descended upon Romulus , a miracle had came from the carnage in the form of a little girl. My father was extremely touched by these events and being from romulus he felt he should do something. As a welder a he carved out a Large piece of steal with his torch in the numbers 255. The day middle belt was opened up we climbed the scorched hill to place this first monument of the horrible event. As we dug the hole to place the cement and numbers a news van showed up, my father is a humble man and therefore he did not give his name. He felt that something should always mark that sight and seven years later a more fitting monument was erected. Over the years I have passed this place thousands of times and always my mind goes to the families of the victims and of little cecelia. My family knows John Thiede , my sister married into his family, and not until just recently did I know he had pulled cecelia from the wreckage. This in itself does not suprise me that I never knew this, because heroes do not brag or talk of their deeds. I will still stop on the hill with my children from time to time and tell them of the great deed done that night, of the miracle and of the loss. My prayers and thoughts are with the families tonight.
Jim chapman <Jimntraceychapman@comcast.net>
lincoln park, mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:48:47 (MDT)
I'm sorry for your losses. It was a true tragedy that no one in this area will soon forget about. I was only about 5 when it happened, and I faintly remember what happened. I remember driving that way on Middlebelt or on 94, and my mom saying it gave her chills to drive by the site. A lot of good people died that day and may God bless them all.
Don Buciak II
Westland, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:39:50 (MDT)
To 'Celia, my daughter, Kelli, said it best. You are the bravest young woman, ever. God Bless You in the life you have now and know we you have ever been in our hearts and prayers for all of these years. God Bless and Comfort all of the families and friends who lost loved ones this day in 1987.
Linda Mellgren <lmmellgren@q.com>
Tempe, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:38:07 (MDT)
Janine Martin, I still think of you. Growing up in Merrill MI. with you. Playing drums together in band and then joining the Saginaires Drum and Bugle Corps. What a wonderful, witty, beautiful person. I am sure many are thinking of you today. On this day 20 years ago you were returning to Phoenix after attending your 10 year high school reunion. I am not sure how many of your friends or family have found this memorial page, but I wished to say something in your memory.
Mark Draves <mdraves@msn.com>
Banks, OR USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:30:01 (MDT)
Can't believe it's already been 20 years. I was only 6 years old when my mom and sister died that day. It's still hard to comprehend the tragedy. I wish everyone who lost someone that day my respects.
Jeff Cody <codebunch@yahoo.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:05:51 (MDT)
I remember too. Remembering is the essence of our minds and our souls. It keeps our prayers alive and it keeps their memories alive. Never forget...
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:03:14 (MDT)
My heart and prayers go out to those who lost loved ones on this day 20 years ago. I was an eight year old boy living in Livonia, MI at the time. I now live in Phoenix, AZ where I have since 2001 and it's strange to see two cities so greatly affected by this horrible accident, so far apart, share such a sad day. God Bless, David S. Donaldson
David S. Donaldson <scottie_devious@cox.net>
Avondale, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 18:00:47 (MDT)
A special rememberance of Kirk Murdy. I was glad to have seen Kirk a couple of days prior to this tragedy. God Bless his parents John and Dee, and his brother Craig.
Craig Butler <cbutler9@gmail.com>
Jackson, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 17:54:24 (MDT)
We lived in Dearborn, not far from the airport, that warm August evening. We heard about this devastaing crash as a television program was interrupted. Everything was in slow motion as the tragedy unfolded. I never thought that a close friend I went all through school with, in a small southwesterm Michigan town, would be one of the victims that eveining. I had just seen her at our 15th class reunion and she was so happy in her marriage, her job with GM and the prospect of starting a family of her own. Phyllis (Sikorski)Zigler had lived a challenging life, with a widowed, invalid mother and more responsibilities than the rest of us could imagine. But she always had a smile and embraced live with a positive, enthusiastic attitude, even when her dear mother passed away. She was an above average student both in high school and college and a scrappy athlete. as we played sports with her cousins and the neighbors. She was an outstanding friend throughout her life. I can't believe it has been 20 years since we last talked, but no matter how many years pass, my memories of Phyllis will continue to be an inspiration throughout life's challneges. I so wish you could have seen all your dreams, but I know God had other plans for you. God Speed Friend!
Marilyn Kostrzewski <marilynk@comcast.net>
Northville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 17:40:44 (MDT)
We are writing to pay respect to our neighbor Jay Strausbaugh. The truth is we really hardly knew him but what we did know I would like you to know too because his life was and is worthy of remembering. He was a very young father of four who loved his wife and kids. He demonstrated his love in ways we as his neighbors could see. We fondly remember one wicked snowball fight, watching him dodge and throw I don't know who won but I know he let the kids get the most of him probably on purpose because he was just that kind of dad. He just moved his family into a new home making it as nice as he and his wife could make it, making sure his kids had a generous yard to play in. The weekend of the crash he just planted some trees finishing after dark because he knew he had a trip to take. He needed some fill dirt we had on our driveway for a berm he created and came over and said pssssssssst just as I was passing our open door I jumped out of my skin and he got a good laugh. That's the Jay we knew. He and my husband talked about the latest Bonneville my husband just got one day on the driveway comparing car facts that they both loved to talk about. His four kids were happy, caring and compassionate kids. I point this out because there is a direct reflection of the man there, so was he. He strived in his homelife and his work and he succeeded in both. Jay Stausbaugh was a good man we were blessed by knowing him the little time we did and we honor him today remembering the man we knew him to be. The Calamia's
Janel and Greg Calamia <gcalamia8385@wowway.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:52:59 (MDT)
I lived in Romulus very close to where this happened. I was 8 years old. My brother and I had some friends over and were playing outside in our front yard, when we seen the explosion. We ran inside to tell our parents, who at the time had an old police scanner and heard it go over that it was a plane crash. That is a day that I will never forget. May God bless Cecilia and the other families who lost loved ones on that flight. You are always in our hearts, not only just on this date.
Canton, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:43:30 (MDT)
I think of this crash often and pray for every family and friend who lost someone special on that tragic summer night 20 years ago. I was only 15, but I lost one of my childhood friends, Deanna Marie Presti (DeeDee). She had this positive energy that surrounded her and she was the type of person that everyone loved because she was kind, sweet, funny, and loving towards everyone even when they weren t kind to her. In her short 15 years of life, she touched many lives and we have all become better people from what she taught us. If her parents and/or sisters read this, you have been in my prayers all of these years and you will continue to be, but please know how much Deanna did touch my life and I will continue to carry that with me in my journey. God Bless!
Rachelle Posvar <Rachelle@Litl1.com>
Gilbert, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:38:05 (MDT)
"When circumstances shake your faith, never forget God's unseen workings. Focus on God; believe in Him. What you see is temporary and your triumph is eternal." Moments of Peace for the Evening Dear friends, Those of us who have lost a precious family member(s) or friends on Flight 255 know that our lives changed forever on August 16,1987. It is really incredible to remember on this 20th anniversary of the accident that so many days have passed since that fatefull night. Our lives have all moved on in one way or another, and although our loved ones have gone before us, they are held close in our hearts always. David Dodds (the co-pilot) was my brother-in-law. We miss you Dave, and we think of you often. My sympathy, thoughts and prayers go out to all those who have become connected by this tragedy. Cecilia, I think of you often, I was the one who sent you flowers in the hospital that day. You are truly a miracle! God Bless your family for doing such an awesome job taking care of you. Sincerely, Linda Dodds
Linda Dodds <ldd5@mail.com>
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:23:24 (MDT)
On August 16, 1987, I was 10 year old boy not truly understanding the magnitude the impact of Flight 255 would have on my life...I don t remember many of the details of that day...I vaguely recall being escorted to a room at Sky Harbor where I d find out, along with my Mother and Grandparents, the fate of my Aunt Vanessa...I miss my Aunt Vanessa...though today I find myself thinking about the fate of my Grandma. My Grandma has been sick for some time now, but she s recently had a turn for the worse. 20 years ago a piece of my family was taken away, but now I m can t help to feel excitement for my Grandma...she s going to have that piece back soon. I want to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers...Flight 255 will never be forgotten.
Scott Baughman <scott_baughman@hotmail.com>
San Francisco, CA USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:23:05 (MDT)
i was only 9 when that crash happned but i remeber watchin the news and hearin about the one who were lost and the one lone survivor who was dubbed the miracle child by local media.....i remember hoping that girl would grow up and find happiness and now 20 years later i learned she got married and has reached out to the familys who lost loved ones in the crash...my thoughts are with u on this day of remembrance
Justin Firman <justgottabe69@yahoo.com>
Detroit, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:18:47 (MDT)
I lived next to Barbara Karow for only 7 short months, as she just moved into her home 7 months before the accident. I did not know her much at all and was only 16, But I have always thought of her everytime I get on an airplane and think of her family. They have my prayers as well as all the family members of the victims. As a teenager then, it doesnt hit you like it does a family man, but my heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones in the accident and know that your loved ones have not been forgotten.
robert kovaly <yumbird@msn.com>
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:14:16 (MDT)
I was blessed enough to get to know the Cichan family as they were my neighbors in Tempe, AZ when I was only 11. I have fond memories of playing with David and Cecelia out in the cul-de-sac with the other neighbor kids. I very clearly remember when Cecelia would fall off her tricycle and Paula's little siren, as she called her, would go off. I vividly recall coming back from a walk, the day after the plane crash and seeing a police officer looking around the Cichan house. When we confronted him, he told us the awful news. My neighbor Dorie and I broke out in tears immediately and were glued to the TV for days. There was a rumor all over the news that a little girl had survived and she had purple nail polish on. I knew in my heart that it was Cecelia...it had to be! When confirmation came over that it was, mixed emotions came over me. I was so elated that Cecelia was alive, but still so saddened that David, Paula and Michael were not. I kept thinking that I would wake up from this nightmare. Shortly after, Cecelia's grandparents came to the house in Tempe to gather some things for Cecelia and also collect the rest of the Cichan family's items. Our little cul-de-sac was very tight. We were all effected so very much by this loss and were praying fervently for Cecelia. Now 20 years later, I am so happy (tears of joy) to hear how well Cecelia is doing. God Bless you and everything you have endured. You are the bravest girl (turned woman) I know!
Kelli (Mellgren) Spence <kellispence@hotmail.com>
Burbank, CA USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 16:02:51 (MDT)
You know, I have only learn about this terrible accident a couple of days ago and my thoughts and prayers goes out to all the families who lost their love ones that night and for the lone survivor of this tragedy Cecilia Cichan, GOD BLESS YOU.
Salvador Ponce <megafreak2@gmail.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 15:53:49 (MDT)
I am at work now watching the planes fly over, just a few miles from the airport. Today, my thoughts are with all that perished, the lone survivor, and their surviving family and friends. That fateful Sunday night is still fresh in my mind, even after 20 years. Peace to all. Paul
Paul Schmidt
Canton, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 15:50:24 (MDT)
I often think of flight 255...As a NWA commuter back then, we all took that flight home every week. To Have known so many of the crew members was hard enough. But, to think, why wasn't I on that day? My heart goes out to all and my thoughts are al- with flight 255 bound for Phoenix. I wasn't sure I'd ever go back to flying after that. I did and 30 years later im still at it. God bless you all.....Chris
chris miller <harchrisant@yahoo.com>
Irvine, ca USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 15:22:58 (MDT)
It's hard to believe that 20 years have gone by, it seems like only yesterday. God Bless all the families and loved ones and I hope that all aboard rests in peace.
Joan <Mslucypoo@yahoo.com>
Toledo, OH USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:52:34 (MDT)
This guestbook stands as a living tribute to so many. The comments left by family and friends of those who lost their lives that summer night allows the rest of us a rare glimpse into their lives. It makes me remember these people as teachers, engineers, lawyers, students, brothers, sisters, kids, and so many other things. I did not personally know anyone on that flight, but I know others who lost relatives and friends. Each one touches me. I cannot drive past that area on I-94 without thinking about that night. Every year on this day, I remember. I will never forget. I graduated from high school that year and didn't fully understand the impact of this tragedy at the time. Sure, I knew it was bad, but I didn't know how precious and fragile our lives and our families really are. I will light a candle and say a prayer for all the souls.
Terri <terrilynn844@yahoo.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:41:44 (MDT)
I remember exactly what I was doing the night of the crash and seeing it on tv. I was 21 years old. I was born and raised in MI and just recently relocated to Phoenix. I feel the loss in both places as I am a native Detroiter and now a Phoenix resident. It will always be in my memory. My prayers go out to all of the families and friends of the this horrible accident. You will always be in my heart.
Heidi (McMartin) Hibbard <heidz430@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:24:33 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the surviving family members today, but especially to the families of Kail & Linda Grigg. Linds was my mentor teacher when I moved to first grade at Andalucia School. She had a kindness and love that extended to all she knew. Her loss in the classroom was great, as she was one of the best at teaching and reaching children. She was so excited about her trip to Europe with her husband, Kail. They planned for months. It comforts me a little to know she enjoyed that trip. I often pray for the two young daughters she left behind. She loved them so much! I know her spirit, and Kail's, shine down on them. Kathleen & Vonya, you are special young ladies now. I know they would be proud.
Jacqué Vandermate <teech91244@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:22:35 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all of the surviving family members today, but especially to the families of Kail & Linda Grigg. Linds was my mentor teacher when I moved to first grade at Andalucia School. She had a kindness and love that extended to all she knew. Her loss in the classroom was great, as she was one of the best at teaching and reaching children. She was so excited about her trip to Europe with her husband, Kail. They planned for months. It comforts me a little to know she enjoyed that trip. I often pray for the two young daughters she left behind. She loved them so much! I know her spirit, and Kail's, shine down on them. Kathleen & Vonya, you are special young ladies now. I know they would be proud.
Jacqué Vandermate <teech91244@cox.net>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:21:34 (MDT)
In memory of my sister-in-law, Suzanne Morris, who lost her life 20 years ago today. Our family misses you, it is like a puzzle missing its corner piece, the picture is not complete and its strength has been weakened. To Suzie who is forever young.
Judy Prassinos <judyap@comcast.net>
Boyds, MD USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:17:37 (MDT)
My son and I were suppose to be on flightt 255 that day. He was only 6 weks old. We lived in Yuma Az at the time. My Ex-Husband was a marine and by the grace of God Scott and I flew home a day earlier to see him in a military parade. I thank God everyday we were not there that day and my heart and prayers go out to the families.
Rhonda Dailey- Stefanski <robandrhonda36@yahoo.com>
Hillsdale, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 14:01:21 (MDT)
Just wanted to share my deep condolences.
Ron L <motorhead85021@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, Az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 13:54:20 (MDT)
My first job after college was at Airport Operations at Metro Airport 3 months after the accident. The 3 years I worked there I visited the memorial several times and have heard many stories. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you that visit the memorial today.
Paul Kassab <pskassab@sbcglobal.net>
Sterling Heights,, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 13:28:00 (MDT)
I was only 7 years old when this happened, but I can remember everything about this incident as if it were yesterday. My elementary school friend, Elizabeth Geiger, was one of the victims of this horrible disaster. It is 20 year later, and I still haven't forgotten about her, or her family. If her mother ever reads this, I just want you to know that Elizabeth has always remained in a special place in my heart. Not a day EVER went by in my life when I didn't think of her. She was one of my first friends I had growing up, and this event has always effected me. My heart goes out to all the families that were effected by this tragedy. We lost some truly special people that touched us all.
Michelle Fierro <michelle_fierro@yahoo.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 13:14:59 (MDT)
My husband and I were packing up to move to Phoenix when we heard the news of Flight 255. I graduated from Corunna High School with Craig Hale and Kim DeSantis Hale who were on that flight. I think of them often and wonder what their lives would have been like, especially this year -- the year of our "50th" birthdays. My thoughts and prayers are with both of their families. God Bless You.
Kaye Diffin Leach <kleach@perkinscoie.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:47:32 (MDT)
We lost 5 colleagues on the NW flight on 8/16/87. They were General Motors employees and worked for the Harrison Radiator Division in Lockport, NY. In addition, another colleague that had moved to Michigan was also on that flight. Personnally, I also graduated with Jay Strausbaugh and was saddened to read his name among those who died. Today, we held a ceremony in front of our technical center. Approximately 100 people attended. It was held in front of our admin building where there is a memorial to those former colleagues. Several people spoke about them and we all shared memories with the families who attended.
Ed Sandell <erapsandell@verizon.net>
Lockport, NY USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:40:55 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all who lost family and friends this day 20 years ago on Flight 255. My friend and co-worker Pamela Shaffer was working the trip that day as one of the flight attendant crew members. I miss her but she is in my heart and mind each day. God bless to all. Gary
Gary L. Pastore <gpastore@aol.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 12:15:29 (MDT)
I'm a lifelong resident of the Detroit area and also remember the crash well. I am also an employee of the airline now, and drive by the memorial everytime I make my way home from the airport. I usually try to catch a glimpse of the memorial in my rearview mirror as I enter the freeway onramp to eastbound I94 at Middlebelt. It is difficult to see sometimes, behind all of the beautiful pine trees planted there. I'm glad that the relatives fought to have the memorial erected. It truly does help to preserve the memory of your loved ones.
Richard Lee <rlee01@wowway.com>
Berkley, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11:58:01 (MDT)
I can clearly remember the day, August 16, 1987. I was in labor as I watched in horror and shock the news about Flight 255. The next day I delivered a baby boy and although joyful for this event in my life, I can vividly recall how sad I was for the families of this tragedy. My sister brought me a news paper that had the names of all who lost their lives and I starting praying for their families and friends. I prayed through my tears and I can remember how especially hard it was to pray for the Best family because they lost so many. Over the years the Best family name would come to mind and I would again say a prayer for them. Today I will pray for all the families and I can only hope that some peace will come their way and they will be surrounded with comfort & joy, knowing that their family members will never be forgotten.
South Haven, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11:40:30 (MDT)
How well I remember this day 20 years ago. The sad loss of so many lives and the miracle of one little survivor whose identity was a mystery until her grandmother recognized her nail polish. God bless all those who were left behind to carry on. Your loss is not forgotten.
Wendy <wwaaww@aol.com>
Northville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11:24:45 (MDT)
It is incredibly painful to read the names of those who were lost on 255; so many with their entire lives in front of them, and families lost. My thoughts a prayers are with all the victims, the miracle survivor, and their families and friends.
Teri Scott <Teri367@gmail.com>
Eaton Rapids, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 11:08:24 (MDT)
My beautiful sister was on that plane that tragic night. My heart goes out to not only the other families who still mourn to this day but to all the people who responded to the accident. We were spared the graphic reality of it all but you were not. I cannot imagine the horror and sadness that all of you must carry. But Iam greatful that you were there to attempt to shelter the public from the horrible remains and wreckage. Thank you for your effort and your bravery.
Maureen O'Connell <mcbethoco@aol.com>
Pocomoke, MD USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:40:40 (MDT)
I was 15 at the time of the crash, and I still have never forgotten the day I lost my friend Deanna Marie Presti. Anyone who knew her well knew her as DeeDee. She was bubbly, and funny, and had a presence about her even at 15. Our older sisters were best friends, and after dragging the little sisters along with them DeeDee and I became friends too. I still feel blessed that I got to know her. To all of the friends and familys that lost loved ones that day I am so sorry for your sadness I hope that today you will all remember a special story of your loved ones, and smile in their honor. I will light a candle today and let it burn into the night in rememberence of all the souls lost 20 years ago today. If DeeDee's family reads this I want you to know that she has never been forgotten by her friends even after 20yrs. What a fabulous testemant to the wonderful person she was. I pray for you often.
Staci Martin <stacisyappin@netzero.com>
Gilbert, AZ USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:31:11 (MDT)
God Bless the families. I knew the family of one lost. They struggle with it everyday. He left behind four beautiful little girls who are now beautiful young women.
Mary Gersten
Fort Gratiot, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:15:46 (MDT)
As an aircraft mechanic at DTW I drive past the site on a daily basis and think about the terrible loss of life and hurt the families must feel.. Its nice to see that so many people have the families in there thoughts and prayers till this day, I just hope that NWA feels the same way.. Cecilia, I hope that all is well and I hope the media has respected your privacy.. Good luck to you!!
Keith <xjwrench1969@yahoo.com>
Garden City, MI
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:13:21 (MDT)
I was living in Garden city 14 miles away... I will never forget that day.. God bless you and all of your familys
Stephen Takesian <steveaz524@hotmail.com>
Cave Creek, az USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:10:22 (MDT)
On that Sunday night twenty years ago, I was getting ready for bed. The next day I was to start the 7th grade. I was 12 years old. The tv was on and a special news report came on about a pland crash in Detroit,MI. I ran to my mother in shock. We were not sure if my grandmother and step-grandfather were on the plane or not. My grandmother was a travel agent and they flew all the time, somtimes changing flights at the last minute. We knew they were probably on the flight, but it took a few days for us to get the call. I was in shock for years it seemed. My whole family suffered deprission. Twenty years have passed, I am married with two girls (4 yrs and 9 months). I miss my grandmother and grandfather every day, but know they watch over me and my family. My heart goes out to everyone who lost someone that night today and everyday after.
Kendra Foster Jones <knfjones@bellsouth.net>
Springfield , TN USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 10:00:53 (MDT)
20 Years! It can't be possible! My prayers go out to all of the families of those who perished in the crash and to all of the rescue personnel who have never been the same person as they were before working the crash. As a young paramedic I was not prepared for what the 12 hours after the crash would entail. I remember lining up, arm's lengh apart, with other fire, police and rescue personnell to slowly walk the entire crash site, and with the help of the ME's Team, identify and search for any human remains or personal effects, such as jewelry, glasses, or ID that would help identify the victims. We reverently covered what we found with yellow plastic "body sheets" or torn pieces of sheets. I will never forget the smell of burning jet fuel and the eerie silence of the 90+ degree humid evening and early morning hours. I prayed as I searched for the families who were just getting the news and gathering in the terminal with the grief counselors. It's strange what we remember and carry with us forever...
Cindy <CoachNord@aol.com>
Ann Arbor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 09:38:11 (MDT)
God bless all the surviving relatives of this tragedy. That sad night in 1987 was equally as tragic as 9/11 was.
Paul Nordgren <Paul.Nordgren@decpanels.com>
Lambertville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 09:36:24 (MDT)
Today is a day that I will never forget. I was celebrating my ninth birthday (my actual date of birth 08/16/1987),the day that this tradgedy took place. Every year on my birthday, I take a moment of silence to honor those who have suffered the loss of loved one(s) from this tradgedy. As I celebrate one more year of life for myself, I have come to celebrate the new lives of the angels that come home to live with God. I know that it is easier said than done, but please see the ultimate life that your loved ones live with God. I pray for each and everyone that has suffered a loss and hope that you can see your blessings and feel the spirit of lost loved ones.
Eboni L. Pittman <eboni_pittman@hotmail.com>
Northville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 09:20:19 (MDT)
What a sad day this has always been. So much has happened in twenty years. My father, Len Weite was on that plane. It really tore my family apart when he died and the subsequent leagl actions afterward. Even when the airline settled and paid us restitution it didn't matter. I have children that will never know him. A sad day, indeed. My heart goes out to all of you who lost someone that day.
Debra Weite <debralyynweite@hotmail.com>
Las Vegas, USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 08:29:23 (MDT)
On the anniversary of my mothers death, Patricia Ann Shero, 53 years old at the time of her death, it still rocks my world. I am on my way of being 51 years old now, and I love her more and more every day, and have never stopped missing her. I look back at all of her wisdom and patience, two things I don't think I inherited, and I just long to be able to talk to her. For everyone else that lost a loved one that fateful night I will always be there for all of you. If you ever need to talk or vent please feel free to email me. It was a truly devastating time in all of our lives. I actually had an ex boyfriend text me this morning with his thoughts and prayers for me on this memorable day and now I wonder why he's an ex. He actually rememered. I heard that Cecilia, the lone survivor was recently married and I am so happy for her and her now extended family. My father stayed in touch with her grandfather for awhile, and it always made me feel good to know that our little miracle was safe and happy. My thoughts are with all of you today. Never stop remembering. Karen
Karen Shero <kruzinkaren@yahoo.com>
Flint, Mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 08:20:29 (MDT)
I got a call from a friend who worked for Northwest on the night of the 16th to tell me what had happened and to be prepared when I turn on the TV. They were scrolling all of the names of those on flight 255. He wanted to let me know that our friends Hollins Langton and Michael Zanger were on the flight. It was the worst feeling ever. I think I went into shock that lasted months. Hollins and Mike were visiting friends and family in Michigan to celebrate their engagement party and her 5 yr class reunion. They had been bumped off a couple of other airlines because of over booking (we all worked for a travel agency - so were are always the first ones bumped)and ended up on the Northwest flight returning back to Arizona where they had recently moved. I had just visited them in Arizona and got to see Hollins in her wedding dress at her fitting. Hollins is one of the most amazing women that I have ever known. She was beautiful inside and out. I miss both of them terribly. They had a joint funeral and buried side by side sharing a headstone. You can notice their gravesight by the pink flamingo sticking out of the ground. Hollins loved putting them out in her yard, especially when it was snowing! I pray and think of their families often, and wish them well on this 20 year anniversary. Rest in Peace my dear friends!
Tonya Roberts <tonyalroberts@earthlink.net>
Cape Coral, FL USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 08:00:42 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers to all the families that suffered through this terrible loss. I have always remembered Cecilia's name through all these years, she was the little miracle.
Carol <monroe722@hotmail.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 07:34:15 (MDT)
I just heard the lovely National Public Radio program on the anniversery of the crash. I was living in New Haven, CT at that time. For some reason I recalled the name of the little girl, Cecilia Chihan, who survived the crash and googled her, thereby finding this site. I hope it is of some comfort to those who lost loved ones twenty years ago, that people like me around the country remember well that day and send our love and prayers for strength to all of you.
Donna <donnaswimmer@yahoo.com>
Ann Arbor, mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:32:37 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with the families of the victims from flight 255 today on the 20th anniversary and every other day also. We drive by the site frequently and always remember the tragedy.
Candice <candita1138@aol.com>
Northville, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:24:57 (MDT)
I do remember when I was 16 that flight 255 crashed. I would like to say that I am very sorry and would like to send out well wishes for anyone touched by the accident. I will have you in my prayers tonight.
LMM <nonnie@talkamerica.net>
detroit, mi USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:22:41 (MDT)
20 years ago,(i was 20). Driving down Middlebelt honestly I cant remember where i was coming from, But just passing under 94, Only living a few block away. Parking in the drive way, Going into the house, Within seconds the house shook. the sky looked like it was on fire. The cars on the freeway which you could see from the front yard were at a stand still.. Went running down the street got to middlebelt and OMG.. I am so sorry.. This day is a day that i will never ever forget.. My thoughts And Prayers are with all of you.
Mary Kadamus (Allen) <dana10700@sbcglobal.net>
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:10:52 (MDT)
I did not know anyone who died in the crash, but I will never forget reading the story in the newspaper on the following day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all of you who lost family and friends. A special thanks to the Lumpkin family for all that they did.
Joe <joe_mate@excite.com>
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 06:01:31 (MDT)
My heart and prayers go to all the families involved. I will never forget the image on my Dad's face as we heard the news on TV. He took off in his truck to go see. We lived in Inkster, I was only 15, and my mind and body felt like it was right in front of the house. We will always remember this tragedy but as we remember 20 years later, less not forget all the hearts that are broken. My love to all and God Bless each of you for being strong and going forward. Cecelia, you are an inspiration to all! May you always have an Angel with you. May God be with you today and always! God Bless!
Kim Abraham <pclover04@yahoo.com>
Taylor, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 05:49:43 (MDT)
I can't say I remember anything that night because I was yet to be born. I have many questions about the crash and about my family aboard the plane. My grandmother and brother were on the plane on their way home to visit. Although I never got to meet my grandmother or older brother I feel very close to them. It has been twenty years today and my mother still lives with the pain and sadness. She doesn't like to talk about it much. All I know about the the crash is the articles I have read and some things my mother has told me. I have visited the memorial before. I have much support for the loved ones and families who knew the people aboard flight 255. I thank the police officers and fire fighters that responded to the crash doing all they could to save flight 255. I am 17 years old. I was named after my grandmother Mary Scott and I make the flight from detroit to phoenix atleast once a year and it is the closest I feel to my grandmother and brother.
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 05:45:42 (MDT)
I was a rookie Police Officer that responded to the scene of the horrific Flight 255 scene 20 years ago. Like all of the other rescue personnel, it was devastating that we were not be able to find and aid crash survivors. Amidst the wreckage was a glimmer of hope, Cecelia Cichan. My prayers and thoughts go out to all those who were impacted by this tragedy. It is a lesson to all of us of how unpredictable and precious life is. God Bless
Dave <lapumd@aol.com>
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 05:28:12 (MDT)
The Detroit Free Press posted several stories about the crash, and the Detroit News posted a story, a video of Ms. Hale remembering her son and daughter-in-law, a PDF file of the following days' cover stories, and an editorial about the coverage thereof...The News's story is one to treasure as it talks about the work of the many people who fought so hard to have the Flight 255 memorial built. I grew up seven miles straight up Middlebelt Road, and was a 9-year-old kid on that balmy August night. My next-door neighbours and I both heard and felt the explosion, and when we heard the news on television, it was almost impossible to believe that one of the thousands and thousands of planes that roared over our houses, on Metro Airport's main take-off path, didn't make it. 20 years later, I still remember, I still stop every August 16th and think about those who died, Cecelia's survial, and the family members that were touched by the tragedy. Those of us who were around back then, those of us who knew somebody who knew somebody who died, those of us who cannot shake the sights and sounds and smells of that night will never forget; we will never stop hoping and praying that you, the family members, are doing well and are coping as best as you are able; and those of us who grew up under the takeoff and landing paths surrounding Metro Airport will never forget that there are hundreds of people in those little winged tubes of aluminum that manage to break the bounds of gravity and lift themselves into the sky, carrying the hopes and dreams of their passengers, the possibilities and promises that their destinations hold for them, and the love that surrounds them, because it's not just an equation of lift and thrust versus gravity and drag that carries all those tons of metal aloft--there's love, too, and as much as we remember the losses of that fateful Saturday night some 20 years ago, we remember the love, and the hope, that live on.
George Malik
South Lyon, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 02:37:07 (MDT)
I remember that night so well. I will never forget it, ever. My thoughts and prayers go out to all the families who had to endure this tragic loss. There really are no words. I remember this day every year, without fail. It will never leave my mind, nor will the loss you have all endured.
Shelly <cingel_me_out@yahoo.com>
Royal Oak, MI USA
- Thursday, August 16, 2007 at 00:19:20 (MDT)
Every Aug 16th at 8:46 pm I listen to the song the "Spirit Lives On". I will always have a special place in my heart for all the families. I will never forget that tragic day and I will never forget the kind people I met through the years. As the 20th anniversary approaches my thoughts and prayers are with you as they have always been. In Closing: On August 16, take a moment and look deep into the blue sky and remember the people we lost on that day and let their spirit live on forever. Rich
Rich Vogellehner <rich@soundcenterstudio.com>
Sterling Heights, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 22:39:05 (MDT)
I can't believe it has already been 20 years. I lived in Romulus when this happend, I was only 2 miles away. I lived right by the Romulus police station. Me and some friends were in the swimming pool. We herd it crash, but did'nt realize what it was. It was so loud that a big tree in are back yard fell. Then looking towards the airport the whole sky was full of dark smoke. Then we herd sirens from every direction. 5 minutes later my mother ran out of the house and said a plane just crashed on Middlebelt road. For me to be 2 miles away from the crash and did'nt have a clue what was going on, I guess people who lived 10 to 20 miles knew what it was. For the Firemen that found the 4 year old girl, Mr. Daughenbaugh, he passed away not to long after in a house fire when the floor he was on gave way. I went to the site about a month ago during the 4th of July. I took I94 off at Middlebelt and realized that alot has change in the 20 years but as I climbed up to the rail road tracks and looked down at Middlebelt, my heart was finnaly hurting looking on and remembering that, this little part of Romulus will always be rememberd for the 156 people that could not be with us 20 years later. You all will be rememberd.
Rory Means <RoryMeans@yahoo.com>
Romulus, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 22:30:51 (MDT)
well the 16th is my birthday which is the day of the accident, my mom said i was one year old and we were sitting on the porch and it shook the whole ground, ui drive past the site all the tiome on my way home, i actually work at the airport. its sad it happened, im hoping it was a good wakeup call at the time. bless the passengers ofthe accident . R.I.P
samuel <chuuuch8@yahoo.com>
westland, mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 20:24:21 (MDT)
Twenty years has gone by but it probably seems like yesterday to the families and friends who lost loved ones. I remember this day today but I know you must think of it everyday. I'm sorry for your losses.
Cheryl <Cheryl1954@comcast.net>
Jackson, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 19:56:19 (MDT)
When flight 255 crashed 20 years ago I was just a little girl. I have no recollection of the event or where I was when it happened. My parents say we were at home. When I asked my fiancé if he remembered where he was he told me his family had just driven past the crash site minutes before it happened. On Channel 4 News today they had a great interview with one of the firefighters who found Cecelia. I sat and watched with my family; both my parents remember the tragic night and were very pleased to see the event being memorialized in a nice way. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone involved in this tragedy.
Chrystal <chrystalr03@hotmail.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 18:56:06 (MDT)
I cannot believe it has been 20 years since that horrible day. I remember every moment of hearing about the crash and all the news coverage and how tragic it was. I remember when they found Cecelia and what a miracle it was. I knew someone who's sister was on that flight and it became all too real. It's was so sad and heart wrenching when you hear of a tragedy of this nature, yet it hasn't touched you personally and then when you know someone who has been touched by this, it makes it all too real. I pray for those who lost a family member or friend and pray for Cecilia and hope that she is happy and at peace. I hope that the families who lost someone have some level of peace after all these years.
Joyce K
Clinton Twp, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 18:12:03 (MDT)
I remember that Sunday night so well. Watching television, only to have Channel 7 break in about a horrific crash at Metro. My mother, a friend and I sat riveted in front of the TV the rest of the night, barely speaking as we watched things unfold. Worse yet, the next morning, I received a phone call from my mother informing me that a co-worker at Maritz Communications Company in the RenCen, Eric Mazade, had been among the passengers. Hard to believe that 20 years have passed since that awful night. Every time I pass by I-94 and Middlebelt, I am reminded of 255--and I suppose I always will.
Sue Fancett <slf614@comcast.net>
Clinton Township, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 17:21:09 (MDT)
To the NW 255 Group, Your actions and efforts are to be applauded and have NOT gone unnoticed.
Bruce Bennitt <blbennitt@core.com>
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 16:50:49 (MDT)
20 years ago, I was 13 and I remember the story of the lone little survivor as if it were yesterday. My thoughts are with all who lost loved ones that very sad day. I hope life has been able to bring you peace.
Susan Carter <susannwillow@yahoo.com>
ypsilanti, mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 16:48:03 (MDT)
i was 15 when the flight 255 crashed and i was in Michigan for 2 years that time i remember watching TV about the crash and Cecelia the sole survivor and with the 20th anniversary coming up memory of the victims are in my prayers. i hope Cecelia is doing well.
Sue Corliss
Chelsea, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 16:26:12 (MDT)
I was 8 years old when flight 255 crashed. I remember my parents watching the television, bringing the crash to my 11 year old brother's and my attention. The news was not our favorite television program, but when we laid eyes on that tube, we were horrified and dismayed over its content. I remember our parents telling us that this happened at Detroit Metro--our airport. I couldn't believe it. I felt so connected to this crash, although I didn't know a single victim of the crash, nor the blessed survivor, Cecelia. Now I am 28 years old, and a parent myself to an 8 year old. We pass I-94 and the airport frequently, and when we do, I make mention of that tragic night. We offer our sincerest sympathy and condolences to the families and friends of the victims; the survivor; and to the communities affected by this tragic event. May God Bless you all!
Ypsilanti, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 16:12:50 (MDT)
I always remember your loved ones and will always remember the times we worked together during the first anniversary. I bow my head in prayer evertime I drive down I-94
Jim McCoy - Belleville Moose 934 <jdmccoy1027@yahoo.com>
Westland, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 15:54:30 (MDT)
May God Bless all who perished on flight 255, and we will never forget Cecelia, the lone survivor. My thoughts are with the families of the victims. 20 years may have passed, but your losses are not forgotten. God Bless all of you.
Paul Schmidt <pschmidt@patmillikenford.com>
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 15:30:53 (MDT)
The Detroit Free Press has run a nice set of articles memorializing this tragedy. I expect the Detroit News to also have one for tomorrow's edition. I think this will draw younger generations of people who were unfamiliar with this tragedy to your site and to shed some light on the victims of this disaster. www.freep.com My thoughts and prayers are with all the families of affected by this tragedy.
Warren, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 15:14:41 (MDT)
I was 9 months pregnant with our first child and I can remember that day as if it was yesterday. I didn't know anyone on that flight, I remember Mary Conway from Channel 7 breaking in with breaking news. You are forever in my thoughts and prayers.
Karen G <hippy2539@yahoo.com>
Livonia, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 14:34:34 (MDT)
In memory of Vanessa Young. I miss you. WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Linda Hoefner <LAHoefner@aol.com>
Waddell, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 13:42:05 (MDT)
I was 16 when flight 255 crashed, growing up in Wayne maybe 5 miles from the airport. I remember standing in my bedroom wondering why the house just shook. Though it's hard to believe it's been 20 years, I will never forget. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by this horrible tragedy.
Cheryl K <ckatch@aol.com>
Saline, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 13:24:30 (MDT)
My heart has been filled with memories of this tragic flight 20 years ago. My daughter, age 11 at the time and my son, age 8 at the time were orginally scheduled to be on that flight. Each year they would fly on a direct Northwest flight from Phoenix to Detroit and home again to visit their father in Ohio. He had scheduled their return on Flt 255 on 8/16/1987 back in April of that year. My daughter wanted to attend church camp and that would mean she would have to return home a week earlier, which they did--that same Flt only returning on 8/9/1987. When the news reported that Flight 255 was lost--our family was in shock. My children were scheduled for that flight. I felt the mixture of horrible grief for those who had lost family members--so many people from Phoenix and several from our church, and the joy and thankfulness to God for sparing my children from that flight. Each year I remember that flight and weep over that tragedy. I came so very close to losing my precious children. My prayers will continue to be with those families who suffered devasting loss. I can't attend the memorial service, but I will be there in spirit.
June Fessenden <jsfessenden@gmail.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 11:30:13 (MDT)
My heart goes out to all those involved with this tragic event, those families who lost loved ones and those who worked the wreckage. My husband was one of the paramedics with the firefighters who found Cecelia. After 20 years it is still fresh in our minds. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
J. Schroeder <michiganders6@msn.com>
Ft. Wayne, IN USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 10:25:59 (MDT)
I am so sorry for your loses. I am just a Michigan resident who wants to let you know I still remember the night Flight 255 crashed. It is hard to believe it has been 20 years. I pray for all of you.
T Pruz <pruzzie@yahoo.com>
Fair Haven, MI 48023
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 09:18:05 (MDT)
kay gleason <kayfinn@comcast.net>
shelby twp, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 07:35:34 (MDT)
In loving memory of my best friend Sande Garriott. Sande was a bright, beautiful woman with much to offer our world. She was a wonderful "aunt" to my daughters. We laughed so hard during her time with us up north. I cherish that time we had together. I miss her late night phone calls, I just plain miss her. I wish I was able to come to the memorial but sad to say it is not possible.
Susan Sinda-Robinson <funnestnan@hotmail.com>
Lake City, Mi USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 07:26:46 (MDT)
I was 8 years old when Flight 255 went down. I had competed in a skating competition in Chicago that week and was on my way back home, to Southgate. We exited I-94 at Middlebelt Rd and continued on our merry way...15 minutes later, the plane crashed. Even when I worked at the airport every summer between years at college, I prayed for your families everyday. God bless you all...
Colleen <blondie_ceecee@hotmail.com>
Allen Park, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 06:58:22 (MDT)
In memory of Lisa Polec In memory of every soul aboard flight 255 WE WILL NEVER FORGET
Shelby Twp., MI USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 06:18:52 (MDT)
With prayers and respect for the families of those lost...We remember!
Romulus, USA
- Wednesday, August 15, 2007 at 02:38:58 (MDT)
I can't believe it's been 20 years. I still remember this vividly. My respects to all of the families of those lost in the flight. Sandy Gale
Sandy Gale <aegale@att.net>
Ypsilanti, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 22:24:24 (MDT)
Cathy and I want to extend our sincere and heartfelt rememberances of an event that changed the destinty of our lives forever. Let us never forget to remember those that perished because someone was in a hurry and didn't followed proper protocoal. It's an event that will live in our minds and at this time we extend our ongoing prayers to all the families involved in this useless tragedy.We are proud of all of the families who took the time and money to create a wonderful deserving memorial for people that didn't have that last chance to say good-bye.
Alan and Catherine Richards <alanrichards22541@yhaoo.com>
romulus, mi USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 20:43:03 (MDT)
Remembering Sharon Schweitzer...and all of the rest.
Laura (a co-worker)
Detroit, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 18:22:08 (MDT)
the anniversary each year of this tragic event makes me pause to pray for everyone on that 255, the 2 killed on the ground, and all the responders who arrived on the scene to find such devastation all around them ... an of course the miracle of that one survivor who gives us all such hope that no matter how bad things appear at first - never give up ! CS-L ... never give up !!! To my grade school friend - J A Domzalski ( Class of 80' )- we miss ya !
alan berezik <amberezik@comcast.net>
Macomb, MI USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 15:43:36 (MDT)
My prayers and thoughts go to all who lost friends and family.
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 13:22:41 (MDT)
I lost my father in the crash and am trying to attend the ceremony this year for the first time. I am flying in from NY and will not have a car and was wondering if I take cab from the airport where it would be the easiest to be dropped off and picked up. Any tips would help. Thanks!
Jourdan <Jspaks@regattausa.com>
ny, ny USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 07:50:58 (MDT)
I was in the hospital, after receiving a kidney transplant (8/2/87, and still have), when the plane carrying your loved-ones crashed. I have not, nor will not forget. God Bless you in your time of remembrance and grief.
Dave Stanton <soccerref11@juno.com>
Mesa, AZ USA
- Tuesday, August 14, 2007 at 04:03:56 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are with all the family's who lost a love one. My thoughts are with Tony and his family. "I'll never forget that day". Franklin D. Redli, Jr
Franklin D. Redli, Jr <frankredli50@comcast.net>
Taylor, MI USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 15:50:55 (MDT)
Best wishes to all the loved ones who gather each year on the hill. God Bless You All.
Redford, MI USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 12:50:51 (MDT)
My thoughts and prayers are for those of you who lost family and friends. I grieve with you because I too lost my best friend and most of her family on that awful night. Paula Cichan and I were best friends since 1972 and I was devistated when I heard the news. After all these years, I still keep in touch with her family and pray that time has healed some of the enormous pain they have felt since that night. Cecelia, I'm so happy for your accomplishments and for your strength and courage. I know your family is so proud of you. I can't believe it's been nearly 20 years. I remember it as if it were yesterday. My thoughts will be with all of you Thursday evening on "the hill" as you remember those lost and their loved ones. God Bless you.
Donna Austin (Robinson) <dha311@ntelos.net>
Fincastle, VA USA
- Sunday, August 12, 2007 at 12:03:04 (MDT)
I am sorry for your loss, as a student pilot I am only now aware of the complexities of what a pilot has to do deal with on a per flight basis. Although my understanding does not excuse any errors that may have occurred on the pilot's part, I do respect the many events that may have occurred at the time of departure. I want to extend my condolinces to all involved. I hope that peace will find everyone in some way to move on from this tragic event. My heart is with you all, I want you all to know that as a future pilot I am trying to learn everything possible to prevent this ever happening again when I am on watch.
Steven Benham <steven@com-link.net>
Toronto, on CA
- Friday, August 10, 2007 at 00:15:53 (MDT)
Additional information regarding this year's memorial vigil...In my haste to provide as much information as I could, I neglected to add the time we begin to gather on "the hill". The time we begin to gather is between 7:00p.m. and 7:30 p.m. on August 16th. Again, thank you.
Tony Zanger <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 20:27:26 (MDT)
As the 20th Anniversary of the crash of Northwest Flight 255 approaches, I would like to pass along some information for anyone who may be interested in attending this year's observance. For family members who would like to do so, we are gathering for dinner at a local restaurant. Please email me at the address provided for those details, as we would like to keep this private for family and those closely associated with us. We will begin to gather at "the hill", the site where our permanant memorial rests in tribute to all the 156 people who perished in this sensless tragedy. Please plan to bring a lawn chair, insect repellant, penlight, flashlight, and any momentos you wish...flowers, etc... At 8:46 p.m., the time of the crash, we will begin our simple, yet dignified vigil service. As always, everyone is MOST WELCOME. If you plan to attend, please use caution in getting to the hill, since it is at an embankment of a busy intersection. People usually park at the local McDonald's and walk to the site, although some park on the hill. This parking area is limited, but if you are fortunate to be able to do so, please remember to pull over to the left-side as you enter the entrance ramp to I-94 east. Again, use caution. Thank you to those who have not forgotten our loved ones after these 20 years. We will NEVER FORGET!
Tony Zanger, Family Member <ynotmonroe@aol.com>
Monroe, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 19:57:13 (MDT)
It seems so long ago that I witnessed the crash and yet it was if it was yesterday. I always try to put it out of my mind, yet, I can't forget the horror of that night and it makes it impossible since August 1th is my son's birthday. I have two sons, both with birthday's I can not forget, August 16h, which I witnessed and Sept. 11th is my other son's birthday. My heart and prayers still are with all the families that lost loved ones.
Nancy Cutcher-Fisher <Nfisher575@comcast.net>
Taylor, MI USA
- Wednesday, August 08, 2007 at 12:05:19 (MDT)
I lost my parents on flight 255. I attended the dedication service for the memorial site but have not been back to Detroit since that time. My brother, my husband, and I are coming to commemorate 20 years. What time do you gather and can you give me any tips on attending? Any info would be appreciated. Thank you and bless all of you who keep the memories of our loved ones!
Jennifer (Bagnato) Walker <all4walkers2@gmail.com>
Bridgeport, WV USA
- Tuesday, August 07, 2007 at 08:49:46 (MDT)
My prayers and thoughts are with the family and friends of NW 255 crash 20 years ago!
Cheryl <cherkibbs@yahoo.com>
- Monday, August 06, 2007 at 00:37:25 (MDT)
I just can't believe that it has been twenty years. It seems like it happened yesterday. I didn't know anyone on Flight 255 but I will never forget this tragedy. I went to my aunts house that was 15 miles away and we could see the orange glow from her porch. I was shocked that such a tragedy could happen within a mile from take-off from Metro Airport. I'm not really impressed with the memorial site on I-94, either. All I know is that I really hope & pray for the victims of Flight 255. God REST their souls.
Margie <mslaw789@yahoo.com>
Westland, MI USA
- Sunday, August 05, 2007 at 19:24:56 (MDT)
We are approaching our 20th Anniversary and will be gathering on the Hill again this year. Hopefully this guestbook has been corrected to allow only those with thoughtful comments to be logged.
Mary Ratliff <Hidija@aol.com>
Placentia, CA USA
- Thursday, August 02, 2007 at 23:52:08 (MDT)
In addition to my previous entry, I would like to add, that my presentation, which will be Oct 26, will be dedicated to those lost and their names will be honored at the end. I respect those who are still greiving and hope that this is in no way intrusive. If anyone wishes I left out the names I will respect that.
Audrey Stenton <Stent451@erau.edu>
Daytona Beach , Fl USA - Monday, October 18, 2004 at 16:46:51 (MDT)
I am sorry for everyone who lost friends or family to this accident. It is wonderful that you have this website to communicate and remember all the wonderful people who have been layed to rest. As a commercial pilot and student of aviation I am very interested in the cause of this accident. It was a preventable tragedy. I am a student at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University and will be teaching a room full of commercial pilots about this accident. Specifically the human error component. I would like to wrap up my presentation with comments from you, the people who suffered the most from this accident, the people who are forever impacted by the decisions made by the pilots of Flight 255. If you have any message to give to 30 future airline captains, what would it be? Now is your chance! In addition, if anyone has any in detail questions about this accident I would be more than happy to answers to the best of my ability. Sincerely, Audrey Stenton Remembering those lost. Please e-mail me
Audrey Senton <Stent451@erau.edu>
Daytona Beach, Fl USA - Monday, October 18, 2004 at 16:35:54 (MDT)
Please read my open letter to Gail Dunham, President of the Nation Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation (NADA/F) which I have posted on the NADA discussion board at... http://www.planesafe.org/discussion/ In the past, my posts have been deleted there. You can also read my letter to her on the VJ592 site at... http://www.flight592.com/Flight592Discussion-Current/_disc10/000004ea.htm Here is another letter which we sent to her at... http://www.flight592.com/Flight592Discussion-Current/_disc10/000000ca.htm We need your help. NADA is holding it's annual meeting this weekend. For those of you who a fed up with the corrupt system that deals with aviation safety, please contact NADA/F and our Congressional leaders listed (with phone numbers) and demand an investigation into our allegations. Help us put an end to this senseless carnage. Best Regards, James Bergquist chickenlittle92071@yahoo.com http://users.sdccu.net/chickenlittle
James Bergquist <chickenlittle92071@yahoo.com>
Santee, CA USA - Saturday, October 16, 2004 at 12:33:58 (MDT)
I remember the day so well, I got divorced just days earlier. I was just 21! I remember hearing the news and watched the TV in horror. The days after, I remember Cecelia, what a precious miracle, survived this horrific crash, her photo plastered on every cover of every magazine and every newpaper. I could not stop reading about her....how did she survive? What a miracle....this little child. I visited the crash site....I stood there and felt a chill, I know I felt the spirit of those who died......I have come and gone to airport many times...I think of it everytime I pass the spot. Through the years I often thought of Cecilia....what happened to her? How did her life turn out? Is she happy? What is she doing? Does she remember? Again, as years passed, the crash would pop up in my memory, someone would mention Phoenix or Northwest and I would think of the crash, one day, just surfing, I came across this web site.....I was so happy to see Cecilia posted on it! I heard she wanted to keep her privacy and never did interviews with the media and I never saw any pictures of her growing up. I thought I would never know what happened to her. I am happy to know she is well and active in this site. What a connection she must be to those who lost loved ones on t that fateful flight. I did not know anyone personally on the flight, but wanted to share my thoughts and extend my sympathies to the friends and families who lost their loved ones. Amazing how a tragedy like this...17 years later is still so fresh in the minds of those who lost loved ones and those who didn't know anyone of the victims, but just care. God bless you all......Jennifer
Jennifer <bugsbarn@yahoo.com>
Dearborn, MI USA - Thursday, October 07, 2004 at 20:57:16 (MDT)
Phoenix, AZ USA - Monday, September 13, 2004 at 23:31:50 (MDT)
I happened to drive by the crash site last night for the first time in years. It was so strange because as I was driving on Middlebelt approaching 94, the memory of that warm night came rushing back to me like it was only yesterday. At the time I lived about 10 minutes from the airport so my family and I heard the crash in the distance. I remember looking out my window into the sky and saying a prayer for all of those lost that night. May God continue to bless them and their families.
Wendy Marquette
Westland, mi USA - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 20:35:19 (MDT)

This is a very nice website in memory of those who have gone before us. Hidi Ja--Tammy has your socks--they're under the bed. Roo and I love you and miss you very much--we have ever since you left. Maybe you could make some flowers grow where they aren't supposed to...we'll watch for them. Love, Pam and Tammy
Pam <pamela5313@hotmail.com>
Torrance, CA USA - Friday, September 10, 2004 at 13:49:24 (MDT)

I was working as a customer service rep at Avis Rent A Car when CBS News in Boston called me with the news of the accident. They told me they had gotten word that the airliner had crashed into our facility at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. It was the first I had learned of the crash. I still remember it to this day and pray for all of the family and friends of those who who were lost in that terrible disaster. God Bless All Of You. Richard.
Richard Swafford <abralive@aol.com>
tucson, az USA - Wednesday, September 08, 2004 at 18:24:50 (MDT)

My friend, Craig Hoffman was on flight 255 Every time I drive under 94 on middlebelt I always think about him. It puts me back to that day when I heard the news about the Crash.
Bill <mrhelsel@comcast.net>
Ann Arbor, MI USA - Saturday, August 28, 2004 at 13:58:56 (MDT)

I was 10 yrs old when I heard about the crash. My heart and prayers goes out to all the family and friends of the angels on board of flight 255. About 8 years later I met a guy who's mom died in the crash. He sat and told me everything, I was shell shocked. I was wondering how Cecelia Cichan is copeing with this event that has got to be hard, since she can't remember the crash. GOD Gless the Angels of Flight 255!!!!!!!
Jeff <cuzofsarge@aol.com>
St. Clair Shores, MI USA - Monday, August 23, 2004 at 23:28:07 (MDT)

I wanted to send my prayers to the families who lost loved ones, or may have been affected by this incident. I remember hearing about little Cecelia Cichan whose mother was so brave and protected her from harm. My father-in-law was a Allen Park police officer and was one of the police officer's on the site. To everyone that this website concerns, you will always be in our prayers as we remember you on your anniversary. Cecelia Cichan-Lumpkin I am glad to read that you are doing fine, you are indeed not only a blessing but a miracle and although you might not realize it, you are truly an inspiration to those that remember.
Carolyn Bardell <sweets48101@sbcglobal.net>
Allen Park, MI USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 17:13:43 (MDT)

I paused for a moment and remembered my friend and coworker of many years ago: Sue Morris, an off duty Northwest Airlines FA who lost her life in the crash. I was just a 19 year old kid and worked with Sue for about 2 years with another carrier before she joined Republic/Northwest. She was alot of fun. I remember our flights with great affection.
brian grennan, RN <briansgrennan@aol.com>
san diego, ca USA - Sunday, August 22, 2004 at 09:32:26 (MDT)

Thank you everyone for your thoughts, prayers and kind words on the 17th anniversary of the crash of NW 255. I know we, family members appreciate it. Thank you, also, for NOT FORGETTING. To those who attended our yearly vigil service on "The Hill," it was so good to see you! I think many of us can say we have become "extended family" to eachother....something good coming out of something that was so sad. To those who haven't been to "The Hill," come and see us sometime.
Tony Zanger <ynot81261@antila.net>
Monroe, MI USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 20:44:27 (MDT)

It is so ironic that last night I had thoughts of the tragedy that had happened many years ago although at that time I had no idea of the date of the incident. Although I was not directly affected my brother's mother-in-law died on the flight. For some reason thoughts of it had hit me so I decided to get online and try to research whatever happened to Cecelia and what she is doing today. It was incredible to me to see that I just happened to do so on the 17th anniversary. My heart still goes out to the families of the victims and to Cecelia
A. Taddei <andy9801@aol.com>
Atlanta, GA USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 17:09:23 (MDT)

It is so hard to believe that time has gone by so fast. It seems though as if that tragic day has just happened "yesterday." I can recall and still remember what I was doing and where I was at on that day. We will never forget that day. GOD'S SPEED TO YOU ALL!
Findlay, Oh USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 12:17:35 (MDT)

I didn't lose anyone aboard Flight 255, yesterday was a pretty sad day for me. I just kept thinking back to that fateful evening when 156 loved ones lost their lives due to mistakes by a well experienced flight crew. I was unable to attend the service yesterday due to work but when 8:46pm came I went outside and closed my eyes and said a prayer to everyone who has been affected by Flight 255. I attended the memorial service three years ago and met some wonderful people who made me feel like I was part of the family. You all have my love and respect.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 10:05:44 (MDT)

I was with you all in spirit last night even though not in person. I have been at the site several times through the years on your anniversary memorials and feel The Hill is hallowed ground. There is an essence of serenity there like no other place. We lost Hidi Ja Ratliff that night. From the time I met her at 3 (she died 2 wks before her 17th birthday) there was always an aura about her that you were in the presence of someone "a cut above". She was almost impossible to overlook any where she went. A vivacious, not to mention adorable and beautiful, towheaded little girl to a young woman she commanded your attention. For her all too brief years, she made a mark in the lives and hearts of all she encountered. She is still missed today by me and my daughter who never got the chance to grow up with her. I do feel she does look out for Jodi even today.
Rossford, OH USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 10:03:08 (MDT)

I didn't lose any loved one on NW Flight 255. However, I was in total shock and deeply saddened when I heard of the news. I was 15 years old at the time. I did attend the one-year anniversary of the crash at the site. I had volunteered to hold a candle for a passenger by the name of Sue Cody. I had a teacher at Novi Schools that had this name. Not sure if it was the same person or not. I also recall a cloud in the sky that took shape of a dove when the names were being read off. The shape was very much similar to the "Their Spirit Lives On" logo. I noticed a response in the Emails yesterday from a "Cecelia." Would this happen to be the lone survivor of Flight 255? I often wondered how she's doing and what she looks like today. She's got to be around 22 years old by now. Would love to hear how she's doing these days. God bless the crew and passengers of NW Flight 255.
Tony Kelso <tony.kelso@systech-na.com>
Whitmore Lake, Mi USA - Tuesday, August 17, 2004 at 09:47:42 (MDT)

Thanks, Eric. I hope you got through today okay. Talk to you soon. Love you.
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 22:57:32 (MDT)

On a warm Pennsylvania evening 17 years ago I was teenage boy who was just happy to be out of school for the summer. My mom, dad, brother and I had just returned from a week at the Jersey Shore. It was an idyllic Sunday night and my parents had their best friends over for a barbeque. We were all playing with our new puppy. When the phone rang around 10:30 pm I knew something was wrong. I watched the color drain from my mother's face as she spoke to my grandfather. She raced over to the television and turned on CNN where we watched the horror unfold. My Uncle Mike, Aunt Paula and little cousins David and Cecelia were somewhere in that smouldering debris on Middlebelt Road in Romulus, Michigan. They were returning to Tempe after a visit with my grandparents and had a layover in Detroit. Watching this unfold on tv was too much to fathom. The next days were a blur as all of our family gathered to be together. Rumors persisted about a young girl found in the wreckage with purple nail polish. The impossible became possible. My little cousin had survived. The news media was unrelenting in their quest for information about our very private family. My own Grandfather was on Good Morning America and Cecelia graced the cover of Life Magazine. I felt deeply for my mom who was grieving for the sudden loss of her brother and his family while trying to protect her boys from unrelenting reporters. It was a time of aching grief filled with imense relief that one of our family had survived. They say time heals all wounds, and to a degree that is true. Throughout my education, my career, and in my daily life I have looked to the example of my Uncle Mike as a source of inspiration. He was always inquistive and brilliant. He introduced me to the very first Macintosh computer. He was working on important research at the University of Arizona when he died and the world is a lesser place without him. I see him and his wife in the face their daughter. She has grown into a fine young woman. They would be proud. May God bless the families and friends of all those souls who look flight on that warm August night 17 years ago.
Eric Smith <eric@1741films.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 20:46:04 (MDT)

Hello my name is John. I am a Romulus Fire FIghter and also responded that night. Every year I visit the memorial. As The previous post before me, from Andy From the Airport Fire Dept , I also remember that night like it was yesterday. I think alot of us lost something that night.I was unsure of what I would see or what I was going to do. I am sure alot of responders felt that way. Somehow I felt so helpless. I was so scared to meet any of the 255 families. I was so worried on what I would be asked or how I would feel. Well, needless to say every year I am treated like I am family from these people. This group is the best.I will always remember your loved ones and think about them everyday of my life. Now after 17 years, the memorial service is like a great family reunion. I so look forward to every August 16th so I can see Betty, kay, Tony, susan, My buddy (susan's parents) and all the others I did'nt mention. Thank you for this site, and Thank you for making me feel welcomed.
john thiede <ff4126@aol.com>
USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 20:44:38 (MDT)

It is August 16th 2004, I just visited the memorial site it was the first time since that tragic nite that I have gone to the momument. I was working that night for the airport fire department and responded to the call. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I remember amidst all the tragedy that when Cecelia was located it lifted all of the rescuers hearts. I am so glad to hear she is doing good. My thoughts and prayers have been with you all.
andy <excalibur83@hotmail.com>
romulus, mi USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 20:21:06 (MDT)

17 years ago today I lost my best friend and love of my life on Flight 255. Tonight my thoughts also go out to the family and friends of the 155 other victims of the crash. While I've moved beyond the worst of the pain and sadness and have built a happy, productive life I still can't help but wonder "what could have been," especially on this date each year. I am so thrilled and happy to see that Cecilia Chihan has visited this site and is doing well. Cecilia, you are the miracle of life that came out of Flight 255. May you find peace, happiness and love for all the days of your life.
USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 18:31:04 (MDT)

Hello Everyone, This is my first time writing and viewing the site. I lost my aunt and baby cousin in the crash. Their names are Judy Ann Glazer and Joshua Glazer. They came to Fostoria for a visit because my grandma passed away at their home he same month and also my dad got into a real bad car accident and we needed family comfort. My uncle had to go away for business so he was not on that flight. My Mom begged her to stay one more day because she had a bad feeling in her gut and couldn't explain it, but she had to go. My cousin had just learned to walk, I remember him holding my fingers in his tiny hands so he wouldn't fall. I was 5 years old when this tragedy happened. There is not much that I remember because of everything else happening that month, but I do remember watching the presentation of the people who passed and I remember being in the hotel room watching us on the news. My Mom has the necklace and the shirt with the white dove that has the ribbon with 255 on it. My Mom and I are wanting to attend the memorial next year. Could someone help me out with the information please. My heart goes out to everyone, you have my love. I did not know that there was a survivor until today actually, I hope you are doing well. Love and Prayers Amber McCarty
Amber McCarty (Mullholand) <AmberMary6@aol.cm>
Fayette (and Fostoria), oh USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 17:04:28 (MDT)

Every August 16th since the tragedy, I can't help but think of the victims and their families and friends, even though I didn't know any of them. Having been through tragedy myself some years before (not a plane crash), it brought it all back to me. I was at the airport watching planes just 20 minutes before the crash and heard the first reports on the radio as I was driving home. I thank God I didn't get to witness it, the images and reports still haunt me. God bless them all.....
Linda T. <Traintrack256@aol.com>
Waterford, MI USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 16:01:34 (MDT)

Today marks the 17th year anniversary of Flight 255. Even though I didn't know anyone aboard Flight 255, my heart fells like I did. To all the victim families that lost loved ones that fateful evening I will be praying for you all. I wish that I could attend the memorial service but I will definitely visit the site and pay my respects to everyone that was on board Flight 255.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 10:02:36 (MDT)

Today is 17 years and in so many ways it seems like yesterday. My beautiful and brilliant sister was taken from our family that day at only 24. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and wonder what if. The void in my heart still remains. My thoughts go out to all who were effected that terrible night and it does give me great solace to know that Iam not alone in my endless mourning and rememberance. Iam thankful especially for my other sisters who have been a rock for me to lean on, I love you Karyn and Shari and Debbie will always be here with us.
maureen collins <csrahp@yahoo.com>
pocomoke, md USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 08:12:42 (MDT)

I was 9 years old when Flight 255 crashed only 15 miles from my home. I will NEVER forget how much that affected me. For being such a young kid, I kept every newspaper clipping, watched the news and I will never forget the young survivor Cecelia Cichan. I think about that crash so often and although I did not know anyone aboard, I feel like I did. I pass by Middlebelt and I-94 on a very regular basis and fly out of Detroit Metropolitan airport often and Flight 255 is always on my mind. My thoughts and prayers go out to the families who lost loved ones as well as to Cecelia Cichan. I hope to visit the memorial tonight on the anniversary or very soon.
Heather Lambert <Mbelle24@yahoo.com>
Ypsilanti, MI USA - Monday, August 16, 2004 at 07:25:47 (MDT)

I was an 18 year old from South Dakota when I witnessed the crash. I had never seen, nor dealt, with a tragic accident ever before. My memories of that day have always stayed with me, and my prayers will always go out to all the families and victims of that crash. I was on one of the first flights out the following day, everyone on board was silent and holding one to one anothers hands as we lifted off. Every flight I have ever been on since, still brings out the same feelings of sadness and trepidation. May God bless all the people who were there and forgive the ones who were responsible for this terrible accident.
Kim Kuper <rkkuper@itctel.com>
White, SD USA - Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 17:32:34 (MDT)

Even though I didn't lose anyone in the crash of flight 255, I have never forgotten it. Each year around this time, I remember the tragedy and say a prayer for those who were lost. I also say a prayer for the little lone survivor who touched our hearts. I just hope that Cecilia is doing well at this time. My thoughts are with the families and friends who lost a loved one. We will not forget..........................
Dayna <MrsDayna8992@wideopenwest.com>
Clinton Twp , MI USA - Saturday, August 14, 2004 at 16:26:12 (MDT)

On Monday the 16th marks the 17th year anniversary of Northwest Airlines Flight 255. I was 13 years old at the time and I remember this tragedy like it was yesterday. Last week I visited the crash site and even though I'm a stranger to all the people that lost loved ones due to mistakes by a well experienced flight crew during critical moments of pre-flight there is not a day that goes by that my mind kinda drifts toward everyone aboard that ill-fated flight everytime a Northwest jet passes over Toledo, Ohio. My heart goes out to everyone including the people that worked the crash scene.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Friday, August 13, 2004 at 14:33:13 (MDT)

In 3 days will mark the 17 anniversary of flight 255. I was 19 when I lost my sister. My heart goes out to all the families. My thoughts and prayers are with each and every one of you. To my sister Debbie, I love you and miss you every minute of my life.
Karyn O'Connell <Karynmichele@aol.com>
Lafayette, NJ USA - Friday, August 13, 2004 at 07:17:28 (MDT)

I was 7 years old and visiting my grandparents right by the airport the night flight 255 crashed . I remember sitting on the porch and hearing what I thought was thunder and then later seeing the tragedy on tv....Even though I was young and almost 17 years have passed I think about that event often and my thoughts and prayers go out to all who lost friends and family that night as well as Cecilia ( I have thought of you often and hope you are doing well) I have stopped often at the crash site as I pass it on the way to my parents and pray and think of you all often.
Dawn <babydoll524801@yahoo.com>
Taylor, MI USA - Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 15:37:07 (MDT)

I was at the airport the night 255 crashed. My heart went out to everyone - I asked God to protect them all and to help them get through this terrible time. I have seen the monument - it is beautiful and should not be covered by those trees! Take strength that you loved ones are with God smiling down on you!
heather <hamillar@juno.com>
Clinton Township, MI USA - Thursday, August 05, 2004 at 12:02:08 (MDT)
all the families and friends affected by flight 255. August 17th is a day I will always remember with you. As I felt the ground rumble, and heard the steady streams of sirens that seemed to last an eternity, one could not even imagine the sight of I-94. And to you little Cecilia (well you were little then) =) I was sooo happy to hear that you were ok. I'll be flying home (to Mi) the beginning of September 04, and will stop by the memorial to place a single rose, to honor all of your lost loved ones. Prayers to you all and best wishes Cecilia. -Karen Chang city of Taylor resident at that time.

Karen Chang <mzdmeanr@sbcglobal.net>
Houston, Tx USA - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 19:34:41 (MDT)

I was 8 years old when I lost my sister on N.W Flight 255. To all the friends and family who have lost loved ones, my thoughts and prayers are with you. To my sister, I love you and miss you so very much.
NJ USA - Tuesday, August 03, 2004 at 06:51:07 (MDT)

Two weeks from today will mark the 17th year anniversary of Flight 255. To all the families that lost loved ones and Cecelia Cichan you all will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Jerome E. Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Monday, August 02, 2004 at 11:48:06 (MDT)

Hi everyone. I just wanted give a quick update. I am doing great. I know the anniversary is coming up soon, and that is a sad time for us all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you... families and friends of the passengers of flight 255.. even those of you who are concerned but have no direct connection to the crash. Thanks to everyone who keeps me in their prayers as well! God Bless!
Cecelia Cichan-Lumpkin
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Wednesday, July 28, 2004 at 22:12:15 (MDT)

I remember the night of the crash of NWA flight 255 vividly. I was 11 years old and at home alone in Shelby Twp, MI. My parents had left only about an hour before the crash to rescue my sister after her car had broken down in a nearby MI city. Watching the details and aftermath for hours, the images are ingrained in my mind forever. I want to express my sincerest thoughts and prayers to those of you who lost those you love.
USA - Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 19:59:13 (MDT)

Even though I was only 7 I remember this day because at that time my father was flying every week, two times a week. It really hits home how precious life really is.
Woodhaven, MI USA - Sunday, July 25, 2004 at 00:52:28 (MDT)

As the 17th anniversary of the crash of N.W. Flight 255 fast approaches, I ask anyone who visits this website and views or signs the guestbook to NOT FORGET THE 156 LIVES THAT WERE LOST ON AUGUST 16, 1987. Also, please continue to remember Cecilia Cichan, the only surviver on the plane and Lawrence Favio, the gentleman who was injured on the ground. We family members remember our loved ones every day, but especially on this August day, we honor ALL of them at our yearly vigil at the crash site. All are most welcome. We remember them not because they died, but because THEY LIVED!
Tony Zanger <ynot81261@antila.net>
Monroe, MI USA - Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 19:59:53 (MDT)

I will never forget August 16th of 1987. I was 18 years old. It was a Sunday and I was driving home from vacationing in Northern Michigan with my boyfriend. News came over the radio of the horrible crash shortly before we arrived home in Monroe, Michigan. We sat in front of the television all through the night, praying survivors would be found. When the news came of little Cecelia being found under the protection of her mother's body, I remember sobbing and thanking God for the miracle of her survival. Weeks later I found myself taking a wrong turn while leaving Detroit Metro Airport after dropping my father off for a flight out of town, only to find myself on Middlebelt Road. The ground was painted green, as if to hide what had happened there, and memorials were scattered across the hillside. I pulled off the road and cried once again for all that was lost there. I've often thought about little Cecelia over the years and have wondered about her. Today I was reminded of her once again when I received an e-mail of a story called "God's Wings". She was the first thing I thought of after reading this, which is why I felt compelled to come here and share the story with you all... God's Wings We all need a wake up call every so often. Prioritize, Prioritize... A little something to put things in perspective... An article in National Geographic several years ago provided an interesting picture of God's wings. After a forest fire in Yellowstone National Park, forest rangers began their trek up a mountain to assess the inferno's damage. One ranger found a bird literally petrified in ashes, perched statuesquely on the ground at the base of a tree. Somewhat sickened by the eerie sight, he knocked over the bird with a stick. When he gently struck it, three tiny chicks scurried from under their dead mother's wings., The loving mother, keenly aware of impending disaster, had carried her offspring to the base of the tree and had gathered them under her wings, instinctively knowing that the toxic smoke would rise. She could have flown to safety but had refused to abandon her babies. Then the blaze had arrived and the heat had scorched her small body, the mother had remained steadfast. Because she had been willing to die, so those under the cover of her wings would live. "He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge." (Psalm 91:4) Being loved this much should make a difference in your life. Remember the One who loves you, and then be different because of it.
Kate Patton <shelby_mt@hotmail.com>
Shelby, OH USA - Sunday, July 18, 2004 at 08:50:54 (MDT)

I didn't know anyone on Flight 255 but I've been deeply touched by this disaster every since that warm fateful evening. I was thirteen years old getting ready to start the eight grade. I was outside playing football with friends when I came into the house for something and that is when my mom informed me that a plane crashed in Detroit. I was in a bit of shock because I loved airplanes and someday wanted to be an airline pilot. I attended the memorial service back in 2001 express sympathy for all the victim families that I met. I visited the site a couple of weeks ago and it's hard to believe that something that terrible took place there. It's good to hear that Cecelia is doing fine and I wish her the best at what she's apiring for in life. I may visit the crash site on the anniversary date to give some flowers and express sympathy.
Jerome Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Thursday, July 08, 2004 at 16:54:04 (MDT)

As I recall back in August of 1987, I remember being on my way home from Oregon State where I was attending college. I was to go and celebrate my birthday, which was on the 25th. I could not help but to cancel all birthday's celebrations in honor of the loss of life for the Flight of 255. I remember a bit of guilt as I headed back to college, safely. This moment of my life will always be remembered. God Bless.
VanNess <Vanness1966@yahoo.com>
Los Angeles, CA USA - Saturday, June 26, 2004 at 21:28:09 (MDT)

Hidi Ja, I love you and miss you. Losing you just as we were entering our senior year of high school was tragic for so many of us. Everyone loved you. Your presence was missed, and your energy never forgotten. I think of you often and miss your smile. I tell my children about you, and our rides in your 'bug', our laughs we shared together and our friendship. Your friendship has forever been engraved into my heart. Missing you always.
Hidi Ja's friend
CA USA - Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 23:00:14 (MDT)

I have always felt that Northwest 255 was an "overlooked" crash, as far as aviation disasters go. Other accidents, such as USAir 427 or United 232, seem to garner far more attention. I don't know why this is; that the souls aboard the aircraft died due to cockpit error makes the crash all that more tragic. I am a Phoenix resident, and I was completely unaware that the doomed aircraft was bound for our beloved Sky Harbor Airport, and so many Valley residents were lost! Sky Harbor: it is a name that evokes peaceful images, doesn't it? I do believe that the souls of NW 255 are in their own sky harbor, at peace. The 20-year anniversary is quickly arriving; perhaps I shall pressure Valley media to give this somber anniversary more than just a passing glance.
Laura Linger <laura@thelingers.com>
Phoenix, AZ USA - Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 15:12:34 (MDT)

My heart continues to go out to the victims family members of Flight 255. I can't believe it's been 17 years since this deadly accident took place and I remember it like it was yesterday. Cecelia Cichan is a living miracle and I wish her the best at what she's apiring in life. I visit the site every time I fly out of Detroit Metro and continue to ask myself, why didn't Flight 255 take out and drift across country to Phoenix? I wanted to become an airline pilot and the two pilots always cross my mind when I'm at the crash site. To all the families of the victims, you all have my heart. Take care everyone.
Jerome E. Flowers <jflower12@hotmail.com>
Toledo, OH USA - Wednesday, June 23, 2004 at 10:38:12 (MDT)

I remember the crash 17 years ago, it seems like yesterday. I keep remembering the little child Cecelia, she was just a child. I hope that Cecelia is doing fine and that she is happy. Cecelia's life was so tragic for such a small child.
coleen <totalbabe30@yahoo.com>
USA - Tuesday, June 22, 2004 at 18:14:38 (MDT)

Thank you for this website. It was an honor to know, and be a student of, Jane Tanfield and Suzanne Underwood, at ASU College of Architecture. They were, and still are, our friends. Their patience, humour and wisdom continue to be a blessing to myself...and the entire class of '87. We have not forgotten you two.
Russ Ferris <Earth2fuff@aol.com>
Tempe, AZ USA - Sunday, June 06, 2004 at 05:25:25 (MDT)

I lost my best friend Deanna Marie Presti on Flight 255. A day does not go by that I dont think of her. I watch my children play and wonder what her children would have been like. I think of her family and how they are doing. It was a long time ago but sometimes it feels like yesterday. I miss her!! I hope she knows that, I will never forget . I love you De De!
Christy Sevey <twinmom@seveyvideo.com>
Apache Junction, Az USA - Monday, May 31, 2004 at 00:23:40 (MDT)

My brother, Matthew McLaughlin and his fiance were on the flight; Matt was one of (13)children, (5) boys and (8) girls. I am the youngest. We are having a family reunion this coming week in Michigan, June 2-6. I have "coincidently" met many people through out the years who either knew people on the plane or worked the wreck. God has put it on my heart write of how the tragedy has transformed my family and brought us all closer to Him. Yes, of course, we suffered greatly for our loss. But through Gods grace we were able to heal, forgive, and love one another in a totally new way. God is sooooo good! I will never forget that day...the smell...the sound...the people...But now...God does not want us to suffer in vain...There is great purpose in His plan always...Thank you for letting me speak from the heart.
Sarah McLaughlin <sarahm@mail.theauditgroup.com>
St. Louis, MO USA - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 19:23:37 (MDT)

I remember the crash and often think about it as I pass by that section of I-94. I was married a week after the crash and I often remember the two events together. I am glad that Cecelia is well today and thank God for small miracles!
D Walt
Dearborn, MI USA - Sunday, May 30, 2004 at 18:56:40 (MDT)

I was 9 years old when this happened, it is one of my earliest memories. I am glad there is a website to remember everyone. I always keep them in my thoughts on the anniversary. I am just sad that no one in Arizona seems to remember it, especially the newspapers and tv station. I hope there is a lot more coverage of the event on the 20th anniversary since there was nothing on the 15th anniversary. Someday I will visit the site too.
Javier Campos <javier.campos@asu.edu>
Chandler, AZ USA - Saturday, May 29, 2004 at 02:46:49 (MDT)

I always think about that accident that happened in 1987, i was 14 yrs old and in 7th grade. I was watching the tv and reading the newspaper about what had happened and the images definitly stick with you. I always think about that little girl that had survived and how i felt so bad for her and her family. Me and my husband the other day were talking about how she was doing or what happened to her. I drive past the area of where it had happened i get very tearyeyed and i just stare at everything of where it happened and cant believe thats where it actually happened. Thats probly one of the reasons why I dont go on a plane, its the same with my husband. we both never been on plane and probly never will. I just hope that something like that never happens again.
redford, mi USA - Friday, May 28, 2004 at 22:13:36 (MDT)

I just wanted to say that I appreciate this memorial site. I never go a day without thinking about the people on Flight 255.
Tuscaloosa, AL USA - Wednesday, May 19, 2004 at 23:45:47 (MDT)

Thanks to those of you who have thus far responded to this guestbook for the Northwest Flight 255 Memorial website. Though it's approaching 17 years, it's nice to know that SOME people haven't forgotten when many of us family members have felt for years that this plane crash has mostly gone unnoticed;as if it never happened. We don't look for sympathy, just the opportunity to remember our loved ones in "our own way." We family members of air disasters support eachother in the struggle to go on with life and also work to further the cause of safer air travel. Yes, we have moved on, but No WE WILL NEVER FORGET! Unless you have walked in our shoes, you can't even begin to understand why we can't forget. Again, thank you.
Tony Zanger <ynot81261@antila.net>
Monroe, MI USA - Saturday, May 15, 2004 at 21:37:45 (MDT)

I work with a man my job and he had a son who was on flight 255 that crashed back in 1987. How he described it was just terrible. I am terribly sorry for your loss.
Scott Sarver <scott_sarver@cox.net>
El Mirage, AZ USA - Sunday, May 02, 2004 at 16:06:35 (MDT)

Driving by the airport seeing all of the construction by the airport and I-94 I began to think about that summer. I was 17 at the time of the crash and had to fly home from Colorado during the month of August. I remember my father being terrified. My thoughts are with all of you. I hope that time has been a comfort for you. Does anyone know how Cecelia Cichan is. She should be 21 years old if I am correct.
Craig Stanczyk <craig13@tc3net.com>
lincoln park, mi. USA - Wednesday, April 28, 2004 at 11:21:26 (MDT)

God Bless John Edwards from Crossing Over! We attended his Los Angeles preformance on August 21, and Hidi Ja came thru, along with her Grampa, Ben. For anyone who does not believe in the after life, you need to re-think that. My Hidi sees and hears many aspects of our lives. She also now has our beloved "Flakey Jake" with her! And she is aware of this new website and says she and the others really appreciate it.
Mary Ann Ratliff & Orville McGee <Hidija@aol.com>
Santa Ana, CA USA - Friday, August 22, 2003 at 15:44:43 (MDT)

I attended the August 16 Memorial Service this past weekend, and was pleased to see that there are still enough of us that find it helpful to attend this Memorial Gathering each year. And for those of you who can't, I'm sure you all also remember in your own way!
Mary Ann Ratliff & Orville McGee <Hidija@aol.com>
Santa Ana, CA USA - Wednesday, August 20, 2003 at 19:34:46 (MDT)

Congatulations on this new website everyone. It is about time. I stopped at the memorial a year or so ago. I've past it a million times and have always wanted to see it. As the anniversary passed again, I hope this site will let everyone remember the victims and their families. God bless.
Kevin Nisbet <The_nisbets@rogers.com>
London, Ont. Canada -Sunday, August 17, 2003 at 15:48:39 (MDT)

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