July 1967 -- Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727 en route from Asheville to Washington, DC collided with a Cessna over Hendersonville and crashed, with the whole mess slamming down not a hundred feet from a crowded summer camp. 82 people died, including John T. McNaughton, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, who had flown in to pick up his son from another summer camp.
This was a particularly traumatic crash. It was messy -- there were body parts raining down all over the eastern end of Hendersonville, including one flight attendant who crashed through the roof of a house and landed neat as you please on the living room sofa with her legs crossed and her arms thrown back as though she was relaxing in front of the television.
“The railroad has penetrated it in every quarter, cities having sprung up, splendid hotels have arisen, an exotic semi-metropolitan watering–place life has been transplanted into these mountains. The most perfect climate, both in winter and summer, which can be found east of the Mississippi River has attracted (to Asheville) the hordes of fashion..." -- Courtenay De Kalb, January 30, 1892
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