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Flight 723: Boston’s worst plane crash in history

July 31, 1973: A rescue worker stood next to a section of Flight 723’s charred fuselage. All 89 people aboard the wrecked Delta Airlines DC-9 jet, which crashed at Boston's Logan Airport, died. In the background, other planes prepared to take off.  The flight that preceded Flight 723 had made a successful approach and landed in the fog on runway 4R and the two flights that followed Flight 723, without knowledge of the accident, abandoned their approaches at the decision height because of weather. Those flights both landed safely in Providence, R.I.

Charles Dixon/Globe Staff

July 31, 1973: A rescue worker stood next to a section of Flight 723’s charred fuselage. All 89 people aboard the wrecked Delta Airlines DC-9 jet, which crashed at Boston's Logan Airport, died. In the background, other planes prepared to take off. The flight that preceded Flight 723 had made a successful approach and landed in the fog on runway 4R and the two flights that followed Flight 723, without knowledge of the accident, abandoned their approaches at the decision height because of weather. Those flights both landed safely in Providence, R.I.

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

Fog was a major factor in the disaster. The grim photos and reports depict a horrific scene that has haunted the lives of many.

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