From Cecil Observer —
While the search continues for an AirFrance jetliner carrying more than 200 people that disappeared over the Atlantic this week, the possible role of lightning in that tragedy recalls a similar air disaster in the skies over Cecil County.
On a December night in 1963, the sky lit up when a fireball exploded over Elkton. Calls poured in to Rosemary Culley, dispatcher for emergency services in Cecil County in the days before 9-1-1. No one knew exactly what had occurred, only that something was terribly wrong. Soon enough, however, it became clear that a jet plane had disintegrated high above Cecil County.