Value for Money: The crash of ValuJet flight 592

A helicopter hovers above the impact crater left behind by flight 592. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
One of ValuJet’s branded items was this slightly off-putting button. It was meant for unaccompanied minors, but takes on more symbolic interest today. (Busy Beaver Button Museum)
A ValuJet DC-9 in flight. The cartoon airplane was known as “Critter,” a name which doubled as the airline’s ATC callsign. (Aero Icarus via Wikimedia)
Flames pour from a ValuJet plane after a fire on board flight 597, June 8 1995. (NTSB)
A Sun Country DC-10 visits a SabreTech repair station in Phoenix, Arizona in May 1996. (
The location and purpose of a chemical oxygen generator. (Daryl Ariawan)
Interior diagram of a chemical oxygen generator. (FAA)
The full text of Work Card 0069. (FAA)
The actual shipping ticket filled out by the receiving clerk. (FAA)
N904VJ, the aircraft involved in the accident. (Unknown author)
Captain Kubeck was featured on the front cover of Woman Pilot magazine’s fall 1996 issue.
The route of flight 592. (Google + own work)
More undated photos of the pilots of flight 592. ( and Trevor Quinlan)
Flight 592’s flight path during its 11 minutes in the air. (NTSB)
An artist’s impression of flight 592’s final moments. (Possibly from Mayday; original author uncertain)
When flight 592 struck the ground, it was obliterated almost instantaneously. (Miami Herald)
The front page of the Miami Herald the day after the crash.
(Miami Herald)
Recovery workers perform a grid search at the crash site. (Ocala Star Banner)
A helicopter circles the impact crater after the crash. (South Florida Sun Sentinel)
(Miami Herald)
Another aerial view of the crash site. (Rhona Wise)
A long view from the NTSB’s staging area to the crash site. (Rhona Wise)
Recovery workers participate in the grid search. (Take to the Sky Podcast)
(Miami Herald)
Pieces of recovered wreckage were gathered in a hangar in Miami for examination. (Chris Bernacchi)
NTSB lead investigator Greg Feith speaks to the media in front of the ValuJet wreckage. During the investigation, Feith’s handsome looks combined with his willingness to get dirty earned him the nickname “mud stud.” (Chris Bernacchi)
Airboats were the only effective means of transportation in the impenetrable wetland. (IBTimes)
Another aerial view of the inhospitable crash site. (Cape Coral News-Press)
During the later stages of the cleanup process, a barge was dragged in to dredge the crash site. (NTSB)
Another photo of recovery crews at work in their airboats. (Boston Globe)
The dramatic impact scar testified to the force of the crash. (AFP)
An AirTran Boeing 717. (AP)
(Miami Herald)
(Miami Herald)
The response staging area was built on a wide spot in a levee. (Miami Herald)
A relative of a victim lays flowers at the flight 592 memorial. (Miami Herald)
A plaque at the memorial commemorates the 110 victims of the crash. (Joe Raedle)



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