1945 Empire State Building B-25 crash

aviation accident

Coordinates: 40°44′54.36″N 73°59′08.36″W / 40.7484333°N 73.9856556°W / 40.7484333; -73.9856556 (Empire State Building)

The B-25 Empire State Building crash was a plane crash that occurred on July 28, 1945. On that date, a B-25 Mitchell plane in heavy fog crashed into the Empire State Building in New York City. It caused 14 deaths (three people in the plane and eleven people in the building). It caused damage of around $1 million.[1]

1945 Empire State Building B-25 crash
B-25A Mitchell in flight c1941.jpg
A B-25 Mitchell like the one that crashed into the Empire State Building.
DateJuly 28, 1945
SummaryControlled flight into terrain (building)
SiteEmpire State Building, New York City
Aircraft typeB-25 Mitchell
Aircraft nameOld John Feather Merchant
OperatorU.S Army Air Forces
Flight originBedford Army Air Field
Bedford, Massachusetts
Fatalities14 (11 in building and 3 crew)

The plane crashed between the 78th and 80th floors of the building, leaving a 18 ft (5.5 m) by 20 ft (6.1 m) hole in the building.[2] The fire that was started was put out in 40 minutes. It is the only fire at such a height that has been successfully put out.[2] Elevator operator Betty Lou Oliver survived a fall of 75 floors, which is the Guinness World Record for the longest fall survived in an elevator.[3] The building was reopened the Monday after the crash.


  1. Jennifer Rosenberg. "The Plane That Crashed Into the Empire State Building". about.com. Archived from the original on 2017-03-04. Retrieved 2013-09-08.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Molnar, Matt. "On This Day in Aviation History: July 28th". NYCAviation. Retrieved 2009-07-28.
  3. "Longest Fall Survived In An Elevator". guinnessworldrecords.com. Archived from the original on 2006-03-17. Retrieved 2017-08-30.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)

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