Karl Sup, Mike Sullivan
Karl Sup, a computer software engineer for JDA Software in Scottsdale, remembers friend Mike Sullivan who was among 156 people killed in the crash of Northwest Flight 255 on August 16, 1987 as it left the Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County Airport on its way back to Phoenix. Sullivan, 27, of Chandler and Sup, now 48, of Mesa, met playing sand volleyball at Minder Binder’s in Tempe nearly 30 years ago. Of the 156 people who died in the plane crash, 110 were from Arizona and 32 were from the East Valley. Cecelia Cichan, then 4, formerly of Tempe, was the sole survivor in that crash. She will speak out about the crash for the first time in a forthcoming documentary, “Sole Survivor,” about the sole survivors of plane crashes. (Photo courtesy of Karl Sup).
Northwest Flight 255 Crash 1987
Bag-covered bodies are strewn across the hillsides flanking Middlebelt Road in Romulus, Michigan, Aug. 16, 1987 after a Northwest Airlines MD-18, en route to California via Phoenix, crashed shortly after takeoff from Detroit Metropolitan Airport. (AP Photo/Dale Atkins)
Pictured left to right: Mike “Captain Crunch” Sullivan, Dana McGinley-Schubert and Mike Benjamin in January, 1987. Sullivan, 27, of Chandler, who worked as an electrical engineer at the Intel plant in Chandler, was among 156 people killed in the plane crash of Northwest Flight 22 on August 16, 1987 in Romulus, Mich. The plane was leaving the Detroit Metropolitan-Wayne County Airport for Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport that evening. (Photo courtesy of Kris Stevens Starr).
In a Oct. 9, 1987 file photo, Cecelia Cichan sits on her hospital bed before her release from the University of Michigan Medical Center in Ann Arbor, Mich. Cichan was the lone survivor on board the Northwest Airlines flight 255 that crashed Aug. 16, 1987 at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Cichan discussed the crash for "Sole Survivor," an upcoming documentary featuring stories of plane crash survivors. Thursday, Aug.16, 2012 marks 25 years since the crash in the Detroit suburb of Romulus kiled 154 people on board, including Cecilia's parents and brother. A memorial event is scheduled for Thursday in Romulus, The Detroit News reported. (AP Photo, File) (AP Photo, File)
Michael Zanger, Hollins Langton
Wedding plans exchanged for funeral plans: Michael Zanger, 23, (left) and his fiancee’ Hollins Langton, 26, of Phoenix, in their engagement picture. They were in Monroe, Michigan, visiting family and friends the weekend of August 16, 1987 and were killed on the crash of Northwest Flight 255 in Romulus, Mich. returning home that evening. Zanger was attending his 5-year high school class reunion and Langton was home for her bridal shower. Zanger’s brother, Tony Zanger of Monroe is among six people helping to organize a memorial ceremony at the crash site in Romulus where a granite memorial is containing the 156 names of the people who died as a result of the crash – 154 on the plane and two motorists on the ground. Tony Zanger said, “We gather to remember not because they died, but because they lived. We have healed over the years, but healing doesn’t mean forgetting. (Photo courtesy Tony Zanger)