Christine Lee, NBC 5 News
On the 25th anniversary of the day Delta Flight 1141 crashed at DFW International Airport, survivors and first responders to the crash dedicated a memorial marker in honor of the victims.
On the 25th anniversary of the day Delta Flight 1141 crashed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, survivors and first responders to the crash dedicated a memorial marker in honor of the victims.
The crash, which took place on take-off, killed 14 people. There were 94 survivors, including Paul Verheyden.
"We went up and we went down and a lot of shaking and then we stopped," Verheyden said. "And then there was fire and smoke and I didn’t think we were going to get out of there."
Another survivor, Robert Anderson, holds onto the newspaper article in which he was featured shortly after the crash.
"I was explaining what I had to do to keep my head off the fronts of the seat," Anderson said. "Because we were sliding at 400 mph."
Officials at DFW Airport dedicated a permanent fixture which will be placed at the Founder's Plaza Observation Park. The memorial plaque will be placed on a granite marker pointing south, toward the location of the crash.
The marker is a few feet away from another marker that memorializes the 137 people who perished in the Delta Flight 191 crash two years before.
After the two plane crashes, DFW airport established a world class fire training research center. More than 17,000 first responders from more than 30 countries have been trained there so far.
"You don’t forget this kind of stuff," survivor Verheyden said. "You really don’t, I mean, it gets put away, but after 25 years a lot of it comes back."