Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 Day of Remembrance


WHEREAS, at the time, the crash of Imperial Airlines Flight 201/8 on November 8, 1961, was the worst in Virginia history and the second deadliest in American history for a single civilian aircraft; and

WHEREAS, 74 Army recruits and 3 crew members perished in the crash at Byrd Field in Richmond, Virginia; and

WHEREAS, the tragedy resulted in substantial reforms to the governance of charter aircraft companies in the United States, and the way the Department of Defense transports troops within the United States; and

WHEREAS, in 1962, Congress mandated that all supplemental carriers reapply for certification by the Civil Aeronautics Board and meet the stricter safety, maintenance, insurance, and financial requirements; and

WHEREAS, Virginia pays tribute to the local first responders who courageously answered the call of duty to save the lives of the crash victims;

NOW THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize November 8, 2015, as a DAY OF REMEMBRANCE FOR IMPERIAL AIRLINES FLIGHT 201/8 in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.