Marker Commemorates Air Disaster

May 17, 2011

FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Historical Society will dedicate a historical marker to memorialize the crash site of Trans World Airlines flight 128 at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the 900 block of Petersburg Rd. in Hebron.

TWA flight 128 was approaching the Greater Cincinnati Airport in snowy conditions on Nov. 20, 1967 when it crashed into an orchard near Hebron. The four-engine Convair 880 was en route from Los Angeles to Boston, with a scheduled stop in Cincinnati. In all, 70 people perished, five of whom were Kentuckians. Two crew member and 10 passengers survived.

The National Transportation Safety Board ruled pilot error as the cause of the crash. It remains the worst accident in Kentucky aviation history, and resulted in the construction of an Approach Lighting System for runway 18, which was completed in July 1969.

This marker is sponsored by the Flight 383 and 128 Memorial Group.