Continental Flight 11 was first bombing of a commercial airliner

June 23, 2012 | 7:23 p.m. CDT
This May 23, 1962 file photo shows officials searching the wreckage of Continental Airlines Flight 11, which crashed near Unionville. Aviation buffs know Flight 11 as the country’s first bombing of a commercial jet airliner, an act of sabotage by a passenger that killed all 45 people on board. Yet the crash of the plane, which departed Chicago en route to Los Angeles with a Kansas City stop, was largely forgotten as time passed, families moved on and more horrific airline incidents came to dominate history.

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