the republic logo

Relatives of 68 victims from 1994 Indiana plane crash set to dedicate memorial wall

bug
Share/Save/Bookmark

ROSELAWN, Indiana — Relatives of 68 people who died during a 1994 commuter plane crash into a northwestern Indiana farm field will gather to dedicate a new memorial wall on the 20th anniversary of the crash.

The wall, about 15 feet long, includes bricks engraved with the names of the passengers and crew members killed when American Eagle flight 4184 crashed near Roselawn on its way from Indianapolis to Chicago amid icy weather on Oct. 31, 1994.

Jennifer Stansberry Miller of Fishers had a brother die in the crash and helped organize the wall's construction. She said the families are grateful for volunteers who've maintained a memorial of 68 crosses at the site, but it's time for a permanent remembrance that will be dedicated Friday.

"We have been blessed," she told the Post-Tribune. "Those individuals have donated their time and efforts in building, painting, repairing and placing two sets of 68 crosses twice a year."

The National Transportation Safety Board determined in 1996 that the plane developed ice on its wings while in a holding pattern. The turboprop plunged into a field about 30 miles south of Gary. The crash helped spur federal legislation requiring airlines to have a process in place for notifying crash victims' families and for returning personal items such as luggage and jewelry.

The Rev. Brent Wright, the pastor at Broad Ripple United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, lost his father in the crash and avoided memories of that time for many years. Wright planned to meet many of the families of the other victims for the first time during a public forum Thursday night in Merrillville.

"It's been a journey of grief over 20 years," Wright told The Indianapolis Star. "This is a new chapter. I am grateful there will be something in that space for a long time."

Think your friends should see this? Share it with them!

Story copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Feedback, Corrections and Other Requests: AP welcomes feedback and comments from readers. Send an email to info@ap.org and it will be forwarded to the appropriate editor or reporter.


We also have more stories about:
(click the phrases to see a list)

Category:

Follow The Republic:

All content copyright ©2014 The Republic, a division of Home News Enterprises unless otherwise noted.
All rights reserved. Privacy policy.