JET CRASH IN PORTLAND ON THIS DAY IN 1978

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  A United Airlines Douglas DC-8-71

The Douglas DC-8 of United Airlines Flight 173, similar to above, was en route from Denver to Portland International Airport on Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1978. An alarm indicating a landing gear malfunction forced the plane to circle the Portland area 
while the problem was investigated by the crew. The big jet ran out fuel within an
hour and crash landed in a sparsely populated area near 157th and East Burnside, 
killing 10 and seriously injuring 24 of the 189 passengers who were aboard the jet..

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FIRST AIRLINE STEWARDESS ON THIS DATE IN 1930

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As the world’s first airline stewardess, war heroine, and aviation pioneer Ellen
Church (above) created a new and exciting profession for young girls of the
twentieth century. While working as a registered nurse in San Francisco, Ellen
was employed by Boeing Air Transport (BAT), the predecessor to United airlines
in 1930. she soon organized the pioneer group, "Sky Girls" (pictured below).The
eight girls, all registered nurses, were hired as stewardess on their flights for a
three-month trial run. It was the beginning of what other airlines thought at the
time to be a bold experiment.

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The “Sky Girls”

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The Boeing tri-motor

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