The O’Hare Runway Incursion of December 20th, 1972

Today’s podcast is on a catastrophe that’s relatively unknown in the realm of airline crashes and catastrophes, but the effects as a result of the investigation into the crash is something that we can see, and live with to this day.  As a matter of fact, you basically pay honor or tribute to all those involved in the crash of Delta Airlines flight 954 and North Central Airlines flight 575 every single time you get on an airplane!

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And as promised, here is a diagram of Chicago O’Hare, along with crash information:

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4 Responses to The O’Hare Runway Incursion of December 20th, 1972

  1. X controller

    This crash should have never happened. The controller who misunderstood where Delta was, was not qualified to work the position he was working in this type of weather. The supervisor took the visibility incorrectly and we were really below the proper visibility for take offs. The North Central should not have been cleared for take off.

  2. Michael Seim

    My father was also a survivor of this plane crash. I would like to find more information pertaining to this. A movie should be made about what happened. It would be nice to hear from someone that had been through this. My father was on a leave from the Army, too spend time with his family in northern Wisconsin. My father is still alive. Any questions please email me.

    • Todd Overgard

      I wouldn’t mind speaking with your father about the crash. I have not been in contact with any other survivors of this crash. Thanks for posting this. Contact me at with your information or your father’s information.

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