Eagle One: Eagle One: Rescue | Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90

Eagle One: Rescue and Recovery of Air Florida Flight 90

January 31, 2017

Join the National Law Enforcement Museum to learn about the daring rescue of five people and the sad recovery of the remains of many more from Air Florida Flight 90 on January 13, 1982. On a snowy day in Washington, DC, the Florida-bound Boeing 737 carrying 74 passengers and five crew members crashed into the Potomac River after striking the 14th Street Bridge and killing four motorists. Four passengers and one crew member survived the impact and escaped the wreckage to wait in freezing water for rescue. After several failed attempts by law enforcement, firefighters, and private citizens to reach the stranded survivors, U.S. Park Police’s Eagle One helicopter was their only hope. Pilot Don Usher and Rescue Technician Gene Windsor used their skills, training, and ingenuity to pull off a harrowing rescue.

Come hear first-hand about this amazing rescue and how the Metropolitan Police Department dealt with the aftermath.


Pilot Don Usher (ret.)
Usher was a U.S. Park Police officer and pilot of the Bell 206L-1 Long Ranger helicopter known as Eagle One which rescued four survivors from the Air Florida Flight 90 crash.
 Mr. Chester Panzer Panzer was the only news cameraman to capture footage of the rescue of Air Florida Flight 90 survivors in progress.
Det. Eric Witzig (ret.)
Witzig was a homicide detective with the Metropolitan Police Department of Washington, DC, in 1982. He was one of the lead officers in the intensive recovery effort of the victims of the Air Florida Flight 90 crash.


Mr. Frank Bond Retired anchor and reporter of Washington, DC’s WUSA-TV, and current documentary producer for the Newseum.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Program: 7:00-8:30 pm
Reception at 6:00 pm
Light Hors d' Oeuvres and Drinks

Burke Theatre at the U.S. Navy Memorial
701 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Free Admission
Registration is required; space is limited.


Witness to History is generously sponsored by Target®.

Questions? Email witnesstohistory@nleomf.org or call 202.737.7869

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