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Allegheny 853 remembered with memorial

On September 9, 1969, Allegheny Airlines Flight 853 became a permanent part of Shelby County'[s history.  That history, and the people lost in that tragic incident were remembered during a special ceremony 50 years later.


On Monday, Dianne Elrod was among the family members who visited the site to place a memorial marker.



She wants people to remember her father, Captain James Elrod, one of the pilots of the McDonnell Douglas DC-9 passenger jet that collided in mid-air with a Piper PA-28 light aircraft near Fairland.



Elrod was one of 83 people killed in the collision and crash.