Gander Newfoundland and Labrador
On This Day in NL History:
December 12, 1985 - Arrow Air Flight 1285 went down shortly after takeoff from Gander. All 248 soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who were heading home to Fort Campbell, Kentucky for Christmas, perished, along with the civilian crew of eight.
The Silent Witness Memorial, dedicated to their memory. We visited the memorial in September in Gander.
Arrow Air Flight 1285R was a McDonnell Douglas DC-8 jetliner that operated as an international charter flight carrying U.S. troops from Cairo, Egypt, to their home base in Fort Campbell, Kentucky, via Cologne, West Germany, and Gander, Newfoundland.
On the morning of Thursday, 12 December 1985, shortly after takeoff from Gander en route to Fort Campbell, the aircraft stalled, crashed, and burned about half a mile from the runway, killing all 248 passengers and 8 crew members on board.