Terror over Elizabeth, New Jersey: Three Plane Crashes in 58 Days and the Fight for Newark Airport

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With safety protocols in their infancy and the jet engine still in development, early commercial flight above American cities was too often deadly. Between December 1951 and January 1952, three separate plane crashes barreled down onto Elizabeth, New Jersey. Many dozens perished as the crashes destroyed entire city blocks and wreaked havoc throughout various neighborhoods. Frightened residents turned to the nearby Newark Airport for blame as a groundswell of political pushback occurred in an ultimately unsuccessful bid to stop the airport’s expansion. President Truman formed an airport safety commission in response that recommended better zoning around airports and runways. Author Peter Zablocki tells the harrowing story of one of the most unique and tragic series of plane crashes in the nation’s history.
ISBN: 9781467149679
Format: Paperback
Publisher: The History Press
State: New Jersey
Series: Disaster
Images: 31
Pages: 112
Dimensions: 6 (w) x 9 (h)
Peter Zablocki is an author, researcher and teacher living in Denville, New Jersey. Focusing on local history, he is the author of Denville Goes to War: Denville’s Story of World War I, Denville in World War II and The Denville 13: Murder, Redemption & Forgiveness in Small Town New Jersey and is an AP seminar and research teacher with more than fifteen years of teaching experience. Peter serves as the vice-president of the Denville Historical Society and Museum and is one of Denville’s town historians.
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