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At left, the severed tail section of the Trans World Airlines plane as it was found in the Grand Canyon. (National Park Service Photo) At right, even though crews went in to clear out wreckage in the 1970s, hiker Dennis Foster found part of a suitcase and other debris in 1984. (Photo Courtesy of Dennis Foster)

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1956 Grand Canyon crash site gets landmark status

On the morning of June 30, 1956, a Trans World Airlines L-1049 Super Constellation and a United Airlines DC-7 collided 21,000 feet over the Grand Canyon, near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. All 128 people aboard the planes died.