Northwest Airlines Flight 255 Crashes After Take-off

Northwest Airlines Flight 255 was a flight that originated in Saginaw, Michigan, United States's MBS International Airport and was scheduled to terminate at John Wayne Airport in Santa Ana, California, with intermediate stops at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan, near Detroit and at Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona. The flight crashed after takeoff in Detroit on August 16, 1987, at about 20:46 EDT (8:46 p.m. local time, 00:46 UTC August 17), killing all of the crew and passengers except for a 4-year-old girl, Cecelia Cichan, who sustained serious injuries, according to a report by the FAA's Office of Aviation Research.

The crash of a Northwest Airlines jet in Detroit has brought into focus continuing doubts about the safety of the nation’s airways. The cause of the Sunday evening accident, which claimed at least 154 lives, was still being investigated at press time. Nevertheless, airline passengers and safety experts are saying better safety measures are needed.

“It’s time to do something,” said a San Antonio composer, who was scheduled to fly out of Detroit two minutes after the Northwest flight. “We’ve allowed the airlines to become deregulated. And everyone loves it because of the low airfares. [But] I’m ready to pay an extra $100 to see this not happen again.” The composer ended up renting a car and driving to Chicago