I had flown with almost all of that crew the previous month on a MIA-JFK flight. The only reason I didn't work Flight 401 was because I still wasn't L1011 qualified. Many times over the ensuing years I wondered if it was Divine intervention. It had been so much fun flying with those girls and I was really sad when I wasn't able to bid on that flight.
My heart goes out to all the people who lost loved ones, and to the survivors because of the memories they must have of that night.
The story brought it all back to me - I remembering seeing the helicopters circling the Everglades after the crash from my apartment balcony - and crying when I heard that some of the crew had been lost. Stephanie Stanich was one name that stood out.
It was a terrible day for us all......