A Song of Smoke and Fire: The tragedy of Air Canada flight 797

Air Canada flight 797 burns on the runway following its emergency landing in Cincinnati. (WLWT 5 News)
C-FTLU, the aircraft involved in the accident. (Werner Fischdick)
The route of Air Canada flight 797, with Cincinnati also marked. (Google + own work)
Stan Rogers during a performance. (stanrogers.net)
The layout of the aft lavatory on the DC-9. (Matthew Tesch for Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2,” with reference to NTSB materials)
Captain Donald Cameron. (WLWT 5 News)
Map of flight 797’s final 20 minutes, with significant radio calls and other events. (Matthew Tesch for Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2,” with reference to Washington Post and NTSB materials)
How smoke spread through the cabin. (Matthew Tesch for Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2”)
Diagram of flight 797’s landing and the firefighting response. (Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2”)
A passing pilot snapped this picture of Air Canada flight 797 burning on the runway. (Capt. Grieder)
Flight 797 burns on the runway minutes after landing. (WLWT 5 News)
A map of the seating locations of the survivors, along with the locations where the bodies were found, and the damage to the airplane. (Matthew Tesch for Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2,” with reference to NTSB materials)
Fire damage in the aft lavatory. (NTSB)
Firefighters work to extinguish the smoldering DC-9. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
The front page of the Cincinnati Enquirer the day after the accident. (newspapers.com)
Two angles on the interior of the airplane after the accident. (Photos by NTSB, reprinted in Macarthur Job’s “Air Disaster: Volume 2”)
C-FTLU sits on the apron prior to being moved to a hangar. (NTSB)
The plane as seen after it was towed to the hangar for examination. (NTSB)
Another view of the burning airplane, with context. (Al Behrman)
Officials examine C-FTLU in the hangar. (Clint Groves)
Front page of ALPA’s petition to revise the probable cause. (NTSB)
Another view of the firefighting efforts. (Bureau of AIrcraft Accidents Archives)
A sign warns of a lavatory smoke detectors and the consequences of tampering with it. These signs, ubiquitous today, would not have been seen before 1986. (Mark’n Markus on Flickr)
A closer view of C-FTLU’s soot-stained windows. (Bureau of Aircraft Accidents Archives)
Stan Rogers is commemorated on a Canadian postage stamp. (stanrogers.net)

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Analyzer of plane crashes and author of upcoming book (eventually™). Contact me via @Admiral_Cloudberg on Reddit or by email at kylanddempsey@gmail.com.