Midterm Story Assignment
Midterm Story Assignment
A passenger jet from American Airlines exploded today in mid air above Cal State Fullerton. Reports from the sheriff’s office Orange County indicate that the accident happened at 11.27 AM
The information sheet from the press office at Orange County Sheriff show that the passenger jet was traveling from Chicago and it was to land at John Wayne Airport. It had 234 passengers and crewmembers.
According to witness reports, the plane was flying very low and some thought that the plane was landing. Some witnesses report hearing a loud explosion and they saw watched as fire consumed the jet.
The witness reports indicate the chaos and confusion immediately the accident happened. Although they saw the plane descend, they were not sure what was happening. Some of them heard a loud boom!
At least 30 people were killed from the fire debris and sixty people were injured. Rescue and search efforts continue. Although the figures are yet to be confirmed, some of the injured and dead were university students
Emergency crews from Orange County and the surrounding counties of Riverside, Los Angeles, and San Diego responded to the disaster. The FBI, Federal Aviation Administration, and the Transportation Safety Administration are leading the investigations
According to the sheriff’s office, the investigators have ruled out mechanical issues as the cause of the problem. A distress call from the cockpit to the control tower signified a security issue. This was followed immediately by the plane exploding
The authorities have cut access to the scene of the accident. From the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Chapman Avenue, one can see the destruction caused and black smoke is still rising from the scene of the accident.
According to Sheriff Lt. Jose Ramos, they expect the number of casualties to continue increasing as rescue efforts continue. In addition, the authorities are not ruling out the possibility of a terror attack.
The sheriff added that investigators were yet to find the black box, which records the flight. He added that this was not a primary concern for the moment, as rescuers concentrated on saving people
In an interview with the reporters, the sheriff noted that some of the people who had died were students from Cal State Fullerton. Other students were injured and the institution had to be closed for an unspecified time
American Airlines is preparing a passenger list. Although people continue to hope that there are some survivors left, there is a high likelihood that all the passengers died in the crash, as the plane had been blown apart.
The John Wayne airport had been closed and all the incoming flights that had not been cancelled had been directed to LAX
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