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Sunbird Photos by Don Boyd | profile | all galleries >> 35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Crash Memorial Service at the crash site tree view | thumbnails | slideshow

35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 Crash Memorial Service at the crash site

Eastern Airlines Flight #401 (L1011 N310EA) crashed in the Everglades on December 29, 1972. 103 passengers and crew members died in the crash or shortly thereafter and 75 passengers/crew survived. The aircraft impacted the Everglades at 227 mph at 25.51'53"N, 80.35'43"W, almost 7 miles due north of Tamiami Trail (US 41), slightly over 7 miles due west of Krome Avenue (then SR 27), or 17 miles due west of NW 103 Street and the Palmetto Expressway. It was also 19 miles from the approach end of runway 9-L at Miami International Airport.

An airboat operator, Mr. Robert "Bud" Marquis, was bullfrog hunting with Ray Dickinson when the L1011 crashed in their vicinity. Bud Marquis raced to the scene to assist survivors and he used his head-mounted light to signal the first U. S. Coast Guard HH-52A as to where the crash site was. Bud Marquis received facial, arm and leg burns in the aircraft wreckage but he continued shuttling people into and out of the crash site that night and the next day. For his efforts, he received the Humanitarian Award from the National Air Disaster Alliance/Foundation and the "Alumitec Airboat Hero Award," from the American Airboat Search and Rescue Association. On December 3, 2007, Robert "Bud" Marquis, now 78 years young, was given an awards ceremony at the Miami-Dade Fire Memorial Building where he received a plaque, his old airboat restored to new condition by the Southern Airboat group and other awards and accolades from those present. He was honored again at the memorial service for the crash victims and their families on December 29th, 2007, and he led a procession of more than 100 airboats to the crash site from a launching site on the Tamiami Trail (US 41). I have to wonder why the U. S. Coast Guard has never awarded Bud Marquis one of their civilian Gold or Silver Lifesaving Awards for his successful lifesaving efforts that evening and the following day? Sadly, Bud Marquis passed away on November 21, 2008. A memoriam gallery is dedicated to him at http://www.pbase.com/donboyd/mem_budmarquis

The best and most comprehensive website regarding the crash of Eastern flight 401 is at: http://eastern401.googlepages.com/ The NBC Nightly News video segment of the memorial ceremony is at: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/22443854#22443854

2007 - the launch site for airboats - 35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service #2866
2007 - the launch site for airboats - 35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service #2866
(Rest in Peace, Bud)  Bud Marquis, The Angel of the Everglades and my buddy Eric D. Olson, photo #2868
(Rest in Peace, Bud) Bud Marquis, "The Angel of the Everglades" and my buddy Eric D. Olson, photo #2868
(Rest in Peace, Bud)  Bud Marquis, The Angel of the Everglades and his famous airboat, photo #2869
(Rest in Peace, Bud) Bud Marquis, "The Angel of the Everglades" and his famous airboat, photo #2869
(Rest in Peace, Bud)  Bud Marquis, The Angel of the Everglades and his famous airboat, photo #2872
(Rest in Peace, Bud) Bud Marquis, "The Angel of the Everglades" and his famous airboat, photo #2872
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crash memorial service - survivors and families of those killed
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines Flight 401 crash memorial service - survivors and families of those killed
Survivors and families of those who perished in the crash being loaded onto airboats for the trip to the crash site, photo #2879
Survivors and families of those who perished in the crash being loaded onto airboats for the trip to the crash site, photo #2879
Survivors and families of those who perished being loaded on airboats for the trip to the crash site, photo #2880
Survivors and families of those who perished being loaded on airboats for the trip to the crash site, photo #2880
Airboat operators with passengers ready to go out to the Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash site, photo #2881
Airboat operators with passengers ready to go out to the Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash site, photo #2881
Bud Marquis, The Angel of the Everglades and his famous airboat leading the procession out to the crash site, photo #2882
Bud Marquis, "The Angel of the Everglades" and his famous airboat leading the procession out to the crash site, photo #2882
Bud Marquis, The Angel of the Everglades and his famous airboat leading the procession out to the crash site, photo #2883
Bud Marquis, "The Angel of the Everglades" and his famous airboat leading the procession out to the crash site, photo #2883
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2884
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2884
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2885
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2885
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2886
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2886
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2887
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2887
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2888
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2888
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2890
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2890
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2891
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2891
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2892
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2892
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2893
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2893
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2894
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - enroute to the crash site, photo #2894
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats arriving at the crash site, photo #2895
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats arriving at the crash site, photo #2895
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats arriving at the crash site, photo #2896
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats arriving at the crash site, photo #2896
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats lined up at the crash site, photo #2898
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats lined up at the crash site, photo #2898
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats lined up at the crash site, photo #2899
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats lined up at the crash site, photo #2899
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats at the crash site, photo #2900
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats at the crash site, photo #2900
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats at the crash site, photo #2901
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats at the crash site, photo #2901
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - flowers to be spread at the crash site, photo #2901C
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - flowers to be spread at the crash site, photo #2901C
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - pastor offering prayers at the crash site, photo #2903
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - pastor offering prayers at the crash site, photo #2903
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - pastor offering prayers at the crash site, photo #2904
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - pastor offering prayers at the crash site, photo #2904
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - prayer service at the crash site, photo #2905
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - prayer service at the crash site, photo #2905
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2906
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2906
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2907
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2907
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft dropping rose petals, photo #2908
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft dropping rose petals, photo #2908
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight dropping rose petals, photo #2909
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight dropping rose petals, photo #2909
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2910
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2910
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2911
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2911
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2912
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2912
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2914
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2914
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2914C
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2914C
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2915
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2915
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2916
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2916
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2917
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2917
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2918
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2918
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2919
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - ultralight aircraft flyover of crash site, photo #2919
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - flowers being laid at the crash site, photo #2920
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - flowers being laid at the crash site, photo #2920
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - the levee nearby at the crash site, photo #2922
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - the levee nearby at the crash site, photo #2922
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - Bud Marquis leading the procession back, photo #2923
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - Bud Marquis leading the procession back, photo #2923
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - Bud Marquis leading the procession back, photo #2924
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - Bud Marquis leading the procession back, photo #2924
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - approaching the airboat launch area, photo #2925
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - approaching the airboat launch area, photo #2925
Don Boyd, Ken Johnson, and John Shirah from Plant City after the 35th Anniversary of Eastern flight 401 crash memorial service
Don Boyd, Ken Johnson, and John Shirah from Plant City after the 35th Anniversary of Eastern flight 401 crash memorial service
Ken Johnson, John Shirah from Plant City and Eric D. Olson after the Eastern flight 401 crash memorial service, photo #2929
Ken Johnson, John Shirah from Plant City and Eric D. Olson after the Eastern flight 401 crash memorial service, photo #2929
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats returning from crash site, photo #2932
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats returning from crash site, photo #2932
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats returning from crash site, photo #2933
35th Anniversary of Eastern Airlines flight 401 crash memorial service - airboats returning from crash site, photo #2933