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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:01 pm    Post subject: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

This has been on the top of my UE list for a long time. Certainly the hardest to do site I have ever visited. Three hours and a 1.5 mile hike up a steep slope of a mountain I finally had my reward.

This may be the only site like this in the entire world. Now for a little history:

"On the evening of September 27th, 1973 Convair 600 N94230 operating as Texas International Airlines Flight 655, departed Memphis, TN for Dallas, TX. After a stop in El Dorado, AR the flight continued on for a scheduled stop in Texarkana.

Unaware of the change in elevation of the Ouachita Mountains in southern Arkansas and combined with bad weather the plane crashed on the steep slope of a mountain. The plane disintegrated upon impact and all 11 people (8 passengers and 3 crew members) on the plane perished.

The wreckage would finally be found 3 days later. Because of the remote location and the difficulty in accessing the site, only the black boxes and the bodies of the deceased were removed. 37 years later the plane still sits there entombed on the side of the mountain in the same condition as the day it crashed."


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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

wow that's really cool. I'm suprised you were able to find it.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 2:53 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

The mountains grew?
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 3:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

redox wrote:
wow that's really cool. I'm suprised you were able to find it.


I have the exact GPS coordinates to the site. I've had them since the spring but I decided to wait until it was cold outside and everything was dead. Makes for an easier hike and everything isn't covered with vegetation.

Once I was within 500ft or so you couldn't miss it. It's truly been left untouched and I'm blown away by what is there.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 15, 2010 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

Wow.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 16, 2010 1:52 am    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

Very cool, thanks for sharing this.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:16 am    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

That's awesome man, what camera are you shooting with??
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 5:15 am    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

bwilly20 wrote:
That's awesome man, what camera are you shooting with??


Thanks and a Rebel T2i.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:42 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

Jags&Pointers wrote:

Unaware of the change in elevation of the Ouachita Mountains in southern Arkansas



The Mountains Grew?

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PostPosted: Fri Dec 17, 2010 3:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

Yes I saw what you said and I ignored it...
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:45 pm    Post subject: RE: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

I must say thats pretty bad ass! Beautiful photos!
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 1:08 am    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

Badass, been wanting to do that for a long time.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 8:08 am    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

ok i know you ignored Kits question but did the pilot misjudge the mountain were the readings wrong??? or did the mountain move and grow????
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 21, 2010 11:30 am    Post subject: RE: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

They were flying North of their intended flight path due to storms, and the pilots thought that the highest point in the area was 1200 feet. It turns out that they were more north than they thought, and had just gotten a VOR signal stating that the minimum altitude for where they were was 4400 feet, when the mountain jumped out in front of the airplane.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 23, 2011 2:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Texas International Flight 655 Reply with quote

considering that its been there since September 27, 1973, i'm surprised it hasn't all decayed away by now.
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