Leadership

4-Engine Plane Crash in Miami Street

Issue 3 and Volume 123.

4-Engine Plane Crash in Miami Street UPI photo. An off-duty Miami fireman, Operatons Officer D. G. (Dixie) Gibson, set the wheels in motion for the Miami Fire Department to respond to its first major aircraft emergency since two military aircraft collided in midair over downtown Miami near the end of World War II. It was at 3:44 p.m. Monday, June 23, that Dixie breathlessly gave the following report by telephone to the dispatcher in the Miami Communications Department. “Hey Luke! This is Dixie! A big airplane just went over here and he just might not make it! I’m all out of breath, I just ran into the house.” The dispatcher asked Dixie, “Where’s it at?” “He’s going east about 27th Avenue between 7th and 14th streets. You’d better set up something in that area; he’s afire!” Crashes on busy street Dixie had watched a four-engine prop-driven plane fly over his…

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