Pittsburgh had a connection to the Grand Canyon air collision

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The news brief in your paper about the two planes that collided in Arizona, over the Grand Canyon, in 1956 (“Crash Site Landmark,” July 9) was short and not at all about the Pittsburghers who were on one of those planes. My uncle, Jack Barry, a colonel in the Army Corps of Engineers, was on assignment for the government to build a bridge. His story deserved more than one paragraph. He owned one of Pittsburgh’s best seafood restaurants, Dutch Henry’s, in Downtown Pittsburgh, but he was called up to serve his country and was killed on one of those planes.

This is important since it changed air-flying safety. Even after giving his life for his country, my uncle is a part of history in air travel and why we are safe today on a plane.


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