Remembering 1978 Steamboat Plane Crash & Survival Story

Remembering 1978 Steamboat Plane Crash & Survival Story

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Remembering 1978 Steamboat Plane Crash & Survival Story

I had never heard this incredible story of survival and rescue on Buffalo Pass just east of Steamboat Springs in 1978.  A commercial airplane, Flight 217, got caught in severe weather and its wings iced up causing it problems climbing and ended up crashing in a snowfield.

The pilot and one passenger died on impact but 20 people lived through the crash and survived a night in blizzard conditions that brought 8 feet of snow, 40mph winds and temps as low as -50.  It was a miracle they made it through.

Forty years later in 2018, a dozens of people including the co-pilot visited  the crash site not to enjoy the fall views but to remember what happened on the mountainside back on the fateful day. Share this with a friend familiar with the area but maybe hasn’t heard this story:

 

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