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This Day in Georgia History

June 03, 1962

Orly Airport Crash Killed 103 Atlantans

The Orly Airport Crash near Paris, France killed 103 member of the Atlanta Art Association. An Air France jetliner crashed soon after takeoff from Orly Airport killing 130 people - the worst single air accident to that time. Of the dead, 115 were Georgians - 106 of which were art patrons from Atlanta on an European tour sponsored by the Atlanta Art Association. The only survivors of the crash were two French stewardesses. Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. immediately flew to Paris to help in identifying the victims and to expedite the return of the remains to Atlanta. As a result of the crash, a movement to honor the victims led to building of the Woodruff Memorial Arts Center in Atlanta.