Cecelia Cichan Survived And 154 Others Died Including Her Family

Northwest Airlines Flight 255

On August 16, 1987, Cecelia Cichan aged four, was the only survivor in a plane crash in Michigan that killed the other 154 people on board.

She suffered a fractured skull, a broken leg and collarbone and third-degree burns covering much of her body in the crash.

She somehow survived after the McDonnell Douglas MD 80 bound for Phoenix exploded into a ball of fire shortly after takeoff at 8:46 p.m. from the Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport in Romulus, Michigan.

Her mother, Paula, her father, Michael, and her 6-year-old brother, David, were among the fatalities, as the family was returning from a vacation.

She was found among the wreckage when a paramedic spotted her twitching arm and heard her moaning.

For the first 24 hours, she remained unidentified before her grandfather confirmed it was her by her chipped front tooth and the purple nail polish her grandmother had painted on her fingernails before the trip.

Cause of Disaster? Pilot Error!

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One Response to Cecelia Cichan Survived And 154 Others Died Including Her Family

  1. Josh says:

    Sad that it was pilot error!

    Easy to blame the pilots but they didn’t want to die.

    A tragic accident, yes, but need we apportion blame?

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