Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Ghosts of Flight 191

I flew into Chicago today.   My airplaine landed in one of the more haunted places in Chicago.  Believe it or not Chicago O'Hare Airport is reported to be very haunted.  Ghosts have been seen traversing the halls of this crowded and boisterous airport.  It is hard to imagine anything creepy seeping in through the throngs of people that push their ways through the halls of O'Hare.  Even if there were ghosts there,  I can't imagine noticing.   If a ghost sat on my head there,  I probably wouldn't have seen it in all the commotion.  Never the less,   there have been multiple reports of phantom pilots and stewardesses within this airport.

Thirty years ago,  tragedy befell this famous airport.   In 1979,  Flight 191 crashed and exploded into flames on the runway in front of the terminal.   271 passengers and crew members died in the fiery inferno that followed and their ghosts haven't rested since then.  The common reports of the supernatural at O'Hare are the phantom aircraft that is often seen flying in the skies.  As I wandered the terminal,  I tried to imagine ghosts.  I looked for them, but I saw nothing.   I suppose the ghosts may wait for nightfall.

15 comments:

Autumnforest said...

Oh, you gave me chills. You know, I've never told anyone this because I know it would disturb them. You know, I have airline disaster dreams that are perfectly accurate and happen within a day or two? And that in the dreams I'm invisible to the other passengers and I know I can't die, that I'm there to witness it. Problem is, I go down with them. What I never told anyone ever is in the TWA 800 flight, when we basically fell into the water in pieces, I had a very strange perspective. First, I saw a single part float to the bottom near me and realized it was significant, but I didn't know why. Then, I looked around me as I sat on the bottom of the ocean and I saw people sitting up with me on the bottom and looking around in confusion. Something wasn't right about them and I realized that they didn't know they were dead. It's haunted me ever since. It's a perspective I wish I didn't get.

Jessica Penot said...

It sounds like you have a very strong connection to plane crashes and people who've died in them.

Courtney Mroch said...

I remember that crash at O'Hare. I was 9 and freaking out because my aunt and cousins live in Indiana and we always flew into O'Hare to see them. I associated the crash with them and thought they were killed. (I was prone to dramatics as a child.) Was this the crash where people reported knocks on their doors at nearby homes after too but no one was there? I don't know if it was this crash or another I'm thinking of...

alexis.richards1 said...

Yes. The area where the plane crashed used to be a canine training area for the Chicago police. There are lots of stories about the dogs going crazy for no reason and how the dogs would not go near the actual impact site.

Anonymous said...

American 191 did not crash on the runway or even at the airport. It did crash close by into a mobile home park off the end of the runway.

Anonymous said...

I'd like to have some of whatever
Autumnforest is smoking...

Anonymous said...

I went into that field with someone else -- a newly licensed nurse -- late at night about 90 days after the crash. What we saw, heard, and felt persuaded us to leave and never return.

Nelly Mahooglemuffins said...

I've travelled through O'Hare many times. In 2008 I was travelling to Manchester UK with my daughter and on clearing security for Terminal 5, we saw a wheelchair, that was on its own on a flat surface, propelled towards it. We had a six hour lay-over and walked past that point more than once, in that time, observing that it was indeed not sloping past the gate. Perhaps it was a ghost, perhaps it was just "One of those things" but it was, nonetheless, weird!

Nelly Mahooglemuffins said...

Travelling with my daughter in 2008 to Manchester UK and having cleared security for Terminal 5, we both observed an unattended wheelchair be propelled about 5 meters towards us. We had a 6 hour lay-over and passed that way many times during it.There didn't appear to be a slope and at the time it happened the wheelchair was a good 6ft or so away from the nearest person. Might be ghostly, might be "One of those things" but it was, nonetheless, weird!

Anonymous said...

I work at Ohare and I can tell you it is haunted. Iused to be a wheelchair attendant in the 90s and saw something that scared me half to death. I dropped off a passenger at the bus shuttle center and my boss had me go look for wheelchairs that other attendants left behind. I gathered up 3 chairs and placed them in front of each other. When I came back from looking for more chairs they were stacked on top of another. Now this was overnight so the only people around were elderly janitors who couldn't possibly pull a joke and lift up heavy chairs so what I saw scared me half to death. My boss looked at me like I was crazy.

Anonymous said...

I've been going to an anime convention every may in rosemont for over 10 years now , and with what ive seen and experinced at the hyatt regencey ohare has me convinced that some of the passengers on that flight stayed at the hyatt before boarding ......one example it was a saturday night , a little after 1145 pm, I was out front having a cigarette, as im standing there a man comes out through the front doors and stops, stands there looking around like he was confused , mind you theres about 40 other people out there as well smoking talking etc.the gentelman makes his way over to me as hes comming towards me I noticed hes dressed in buisness attire that looks a bit dated, this being an anime con , with 100s of people dressed in costume I didnt think anything about it, as he gets by me im hit with a heavy odor of burnt kerosene n burnt hair mixed together .he then proceeds to look around for a few more seconds then he noticed me standing there and asks can I spare a cig , I told him yeah no problem I turn to grab my pack off the bench behind me , and as I turn back to give him one .....he had disappeared .I look around to see if he walked off and didnt see him any where ...also mind you im about 25 -30 feet from the front door so theres no way he could have gone back inside that quick. Aside from me other people have wittnessed people dissappearing infront of them , walking into/through locked hotel room doors, and other phenomenon s at the hotel during the convention mutiple years.

Anonymous said...

I've been going to an anime convention every may in rosemont for over 10 years now , and with what ive seen and experinced at the hyatt regencey ohare has me convinced that some of the passengers on that flight stayed at the hyatt before boarding ......one example it was a saturday night , a little after 1145 pm, I was out front having a cigarette, as im standing there a man comes out through the front doors and stops, stands there looking around like he was confused , mind you theres about 40 other people out there as well smoking talking etc.the gentelman makes his way

Amanda Scott said...

My mam was in a bath once. My dad was out and so was my uncle so that meant that she was by herself. She was atill in the bath and she hearc this scratching noise on the bathroom door. In a panic she got up to see who it was and there was nobody there. So what ever it was it must have been paranormal.

Latehourlistene said...

I was in O'Hare airport in 2013. A ghost turned on the water in the bathroom sink beside me when I was washing my hands. It was about two o'clock in the morning and I wa stuck at O'Hare for the night due to an ice storm. Only the janitor was in there with me. I tried to make that sink come on by waving my hands around it and it refused to come back on. I asked the janitor to make it come on and it took her a good twenty seconds to convince it to come on and she was bent down actually touching the activation spot. Yet it came on beside me when I was at the next sink. Ghost? I think so, and it just wanted me to know that it was there. I have many, unmistakeable, paranormal experiences. Things like this I just wonder about. Not everything unusual is paranormal,but many things actually are and we just blow them off as a little unusual. Not every one can judge our stories because not every one is gifted with paranormal perception, they just think that we like to make things up. Many people are blind, until one day they finally come face to face with something so paranormally real that they find themselves shaking in their shoes and every hair on their body is standing on end. Only then do we gain some validity. My husband refuses to believe what I tell him about getting pushed down in my bed, hearing someone speak to me beside my bed, having the TV go on and off by its self, and yet a packing blanked was thrown at him in the garage and he still refuses to believe in spirits and hauntings. I know what I know, and he keeps refusing to even think about paranormal activity. I asked him if he hears the cupboards open and close on their own, and he just shrugs it off. It makes him feel safer if he refuses to acknowledge these things. Fear is a powerful motivation for disbelief.

Janick Goudeau said...

The O'hare Hilton is kind of a timless hotel. I have felt certain energies around the hallways when it is quiet.