Empire State Building B-25 Crash
On Saturday July 28, 1945 a U.S. Army B-25 bomber crashes into the 79th floor of the Empire State Building killing 14 and injuring 26. Despite the damage and loss of life, the building was open for business on many floors on the following Monday. The B-25 crash served as motivation for the designers to consider accidental impact of larger planes (Boeing 707) into one of the twin towers at the WTC.   About this photo: The building after the crash (left), point where the B25 impact the building (right).  Photo credit: Bettman Archives / Wikimedia and Acme Newspictures / Wikimedia

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