Minnesota native featured in plane crash survivor documentary


A Plymouth, Minn. native will be featured in a documentary that focuses on four sole survivors of commercial plane crashes in the last 30 years.

"In the history of aviation, there have been 14 large commercial plane crashed with a sole survivor," according to the film trailer.

The Associated Press reports George Lamson Jr. was 17 when he was aboard a Galaxy Airlines flight that crashed in Reno, Nev. in Jan. 1985, killing 70 people, mostly Minnesotans. He was the only survivor.

Lamson now lives in Reno, Nev., a few blocks from the accident site.

He will attend a one-night screening of "Sole Survivor" on Thursday, May 30 at the Riverview Theater in Minneapolis.

The film also highlights Cecelia Crocker, according to the AP. She was 4 years old when she became the only survivor of a 1987 Northwest Airlines plane crash.

Her parents and brother were among the 156 people who died when the Phoenix-bound jetliner crashed near the Detroit Metropolitan Airport.

Now 30, Crocker told the filmmaker, "I think about the accident every day. It's kind of hard not to think about it when I look in the mirror. I have visual scars."

Crocker, who has never before spoken publicly about her story, also sports an airplane tattoo on her left wrist.

"Flying doesn't scare me. I have this mentality where if something bad happened to me once on a plane, it's not going to happen again," Crocker says in the film. "The odds are just astronomical."

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