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Not a good day for flying, if you were around on this September 29th in 1987. News of Eastern Airlines Flight 924 bound for New York from San Juan which suddenly dropped from an altitude of 33,000 feet, sending passengers, baggage and crew members flying all over the cabin. The plane made an emergency landing in Hamilton Bermuda with 38 injured passengers and crew members, some seriously. Continental Airlines was having an outbreak of planes skidding off slick runways in Kansas City and Houston. And a $230 million Air Force B-1 Bomber ran afoul of a flock of birds while on low-level bombing run practice, crashing in Colorado and killing 3 crewmen. Not exactly The Friendly Skies, September 29th.
In other news, word that Henry Ford II, retired chairman of the Ford Motor Company had died in Detroit at the age of 70, following a series of heart ailments and a bout with pneumonia. Ford was the grandson of Henry Ford, the company founder and took charge in 1945 at the urging of President Roosevelt. Despite his harrowing disaster with the Edsel, he was a screaming success with The Mustang.
Things were heating up in the Persian Gulf as it was reported Iran was laying mines in the shipping lanes through which much of the gulf’s oil exporting was at risk. The British Navy joined the U.S. in deploying mine sweepers around the Straits of Hormuz.
And Chicago was heading into the longest Teacher’s Strike in history, surpassing the previous 15-day record. So it looked like Summer Vacation was heading well into the Fall for Chicago school-children.
And that’s just a slice of what happened on this September 29th in 1987, as reported by The CBS World News Roundup.