At the time, it was the deadliest crash in aviation history. On Sunday morning, June 3, 1962, Atlanta was stunned by the news that a plane carrying 106 of its citizens had crashed on take-off at Orly Airfield near Paris, France. This GPB special is their story – the story of who they are, what brought them together in death, how a city was torn apart by their losses, and how that city was changed by the determination to honor them.
To learn more about the Orly crash and its impact, read Explosion at Orly: The True Account of the Disaster that Transformed Atlanta by Ann Uhry Abrams, who served as the principal historical consultant on The Day Atlanta Stood Still. Published in July 2002 by Hill Street Press, it is available in libraries and bookstores.
Program originally aired on October 1, 2001