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From the archives: Flight 723 — Boston’s worst plane crash in history

Joseph Runci/Globe Staff

The worst plane crash in Boston’s history occurred on July 31, 1973, when a Delta Airlines

DC-9 crashed after hitting a seawall while landing at Logan Airport. All 89 people

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aboard Flight 723 died, including the lone survivor who died months later in the hospital.

The relief response at the crash site (above) was enormous. The Rev. James Lane, the Boston police chaplain who was called to the scene to give comfort and the last rites to crash victims, said in an

interview later, “I’ll never forget that morning. Everyone on the runway was walking around

looking like a zombie. It all appeared so unreal, like we were all part of a movie production,

but it was real, so real that it made one numb.”

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