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Crash site at Grand Canyon a national landmark

GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. — The site of a 1956 plane crash at the
Grand Canyon that killed 128 people has been designated a national landmark.

The announcement was made Wednesday by Interior Secretary Sally Jewell and
National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis.

Two planes collided on June 30, 1956, as they were flying 21,000 feet over the
canyon near the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. All
people aboard the two flights died.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the crash spurred discussion in
Congress on managing airspace and controlling air traffic.

Federal officials say improvements that resulted from the crash included
collision avoidance systems and flight data recorders.

Some 2,540 sites across the country are designated national landmarks. Jewell
says they serve as reminders of triumph, tragedy, public service and artistic


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