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THE ONA BIRDSTRIKE
ON VIDEO

by Brian van Handle



The Bird Strike on Camera
I finally took the time to put together some 
footage of the ONA DC-10 crash at JFK. 
I have some additional footage for my next 
project but I'll probably have to break it 
into segments since it is a bit long.
One is a program about bird strikes and the 
ONA crash is shown/referenced, another is a 
program about surviving a plane crash, and 
again the ONA crash is shown and referenced, 
and one is my personal account of the ONA 
crash when I was interviewed by a local TV 
station on Nov. 12, 2001, the day that AA587 
went down at JFK (and most sadly, there were 
no survivors), and that day was also the 26th 
anniversary of the ONA crash. 

Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Copyright Brian van Handel with permission to 
broadcast on the ONA Crew Web.

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Overseas National Airways
(ONA) DC-10 Crash Nov12,
1975 Newscasts


Overseas National Airways (ONA) DC-10 Crash 
at JFK on Nov 12, 1975. All 139 passengers 
and crew were ONA employees, and, because 
'death took a holiday', there were NO 
fatalities. I'm convinced that it was one 
of God's Miracles that our lives were spared 
that day! Cause: Bird strike! (Note: SO much 
was learned from that crash....how to better 
certify aircraft engines, better placement 
of the 'black boxes', escape path lighting, 
much more emphasis on bird control at airports 
etc.) Nowadays a typical bird strike will most 
likely not cause 'rotor imbalance' and the 
engines will probably stay attached to the wing 
(as in the case of the U.S. Airways Hudson 
River landing!) 





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