The Ghosts of Eastern Airlines Flight 401

September 4th, 2008

On December 29th, 1972, Eastern Airlines flight 401 from New York to Miami crashed into the Florida Everglades. The flight was headed towards Miami International Airport from JFK Airport in Queens, New York. There were around 70 survivors from the crash, however 101 victims were pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the crash was due to pilot error and technical problems. Among the deceased were Captain Bob Loft and flight engineer Don Repo. However, did these two men ever really leave their careers in the air?

Soon after the crash, there were reports from other pilots and engineers from Eastern Airlines coming in contact with both Captain Loft and Don Repo. One record states the Repo had been on a different flight and said to his co-worker, “Don’t worry about the pre-flight, I’ve already done it.” Then, the apparition dissipated immediately after. There was also a sighting of Captain Loft on a JFK plane, telling another captain that the flight had been canceled.

If the sightings weren’t strange enough, it was discovered that salvaged parts from the plane had been used in one of the planes where the ghosts had appeared. The two ghosts have protected a number of flights from potential dangers by giving the other pilots alerts on certain situations. Eastern Airlines removed the parts from the salvaged wreckage from modern planes and the ghosts have never appeared since then.

(Source: Cohen, Daniel. Hauntings and Horrors. 2002)

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