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Cecelia Cichan Northwest Flight 255

Cecelia Cichan Northwest Flight 255



Cecelia Cichan the sole survivor of Northwest Flight 255 was covered on tv today.

Cecelia Cichan was Northwest Flight 255’s only survivor during a tragic crash almost 22 years ago. On August 16, 1987 Flight 255 was heading to Sky Harbor International Airport in Phoenix, Arizona and ultimately Santa Ana, California.

But during takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport, the plane crashed. Only Cecelia Marie Cichan (now Cecelia Marie Cichan-Lumpkin) survived. The six year lost her parents and brother. The medical examiner on scene never understood how she survived, calling it complete destruction.

Cecelia would be raised by her aunt and uncle, Rita and Frank Lumpkin. Cichan had reportedly never spoken publicly about the event but would write messages to others who lost loved ones in the crash. Five years ago on the anniversary of the crash, she reportedly wrote the following:

“Hi everyone. I just wanted to give a quick update. I am doing great. I know the anniversary is coming up soon, and that is a sad time for us all. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you … families and friends of the passengers of flight 255 … even those of you who are concerned but have no direct connection to the crash. Thanks to everyone who keeps me in their prayers as well! God Bless!”

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