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Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crash: 35th anniversary

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Friday marked the anniversary of a plane crash in Charlotte which happened 35 years ago.  The crash of Eastern Airlines Flight 212 killed 72 people on board.

The DC 931 was en route from Charleston, South Carolina, to Chicago with an immediate stop in Charlotte.

On its instrument approach for landing, the plane crashed in dense fog short of the runway at South Tryon and Yorkmont Road.

Seventy-two people died in the crash.  Ten people were burned and survived.

The NTSB's final report said the crash was caused by the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness and poor cockpit discipline.

Among those killed were the father and two brothers of comedian Stephen Colbert and three executives of Charleston's Post and Courier newspaper.

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