NORTH TEXAS (KRLD) – At 9:06 the morning of August 31, 1988 the KRLD news sounder blared. The anchor announced the weather was a sunny 73 degrees. Then breaking news hit.
“There has been a problem with one of the planes landing at DFW airport.” he said. In reality it was a problem with a plane departing. Delta flight 1141, a Boeing 727 had crashed.
Nearby, office worker Clyde Lane happened to be looking outside. “I was watching out my office window, this plane taking off.” Lane said. “The tail never seemed to pick up properly….and then the tail hit the ground and exploded.”
He looked in horror as a ball of fire, followed by black smoke, began to rise from the crash site. He had just seen a crash that killed 14 people and injured several dozen others.
In the 25 years that have passed, there are many who survived the flight but don’t like to talk about it. The pain has not been dulled by a quarter century. But Jackson Mississippi dentist Dr. David Mosal is eager to share his story, eager to tell everyone to enjoy every day because life is short. And as he knows it can be cut even shorter.
Listen to audio from KRLD’s L.P. Phillips