Frank Kierdorf's "human torch" ordeal made headlines throughout the United States in August 1958. A business agent for the Teamsters Union in Flint, Michigan, he arrived helpless near the entrance of St. Joseph's Hospital in Pontiac, Michigan. His traumatic story also involved his uncle, ex-con Herman Kierdorf. Released after questioning, Herman later fled from Oakland County authorities.
The twin-engine Mitchell Bomber that crashed into the Empire State Building in late July 1945 was en route to La Guardia Airport from Massachusetts. A veteran pilot was lost in a dense fog. Flying at approximately 1,775 feet the aircraft was beneath a 2,000 feet altitude limit followed by aviators at the time. Aside from the three crewmen on the B-25D eleven building occupants lost their lives.