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Just over 40 years ago, the private airplane of New York Yankees catcher Thurman Munson plowed into the ground after attempting to land. Munson was trapped in the burning wreckage – paralyzed and helpless – able only to mutter a few words before passing out. And the chilling phrase still haunts people to this day.

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Munson was an experienced pilot, with more than 500 hours under his belt, although he was not yet accustomed to the jet in which he died. It was a new plane that he’d decked out in the blue of his team, the Yankees. On board with him, as he took off on that August afternoon, were David Hall, who’d taught him how to fly, and a buddy from his home town, Jeff Anderson.

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