Orly Airport Crash
The Air France jetliner crash killed 130 people—including 103 members of the Atlanta Art Association. Only the mid-air collision of two planes over New York in 1960 had taken more lives.
The city’s leading arts patrons were coming home after a month-long tour of some of Europe’s best art galleries, including the Louvre in Paris. Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen, Jr. saw the group off in early May and now flew to Paris to help identify the victims and to bring their bodies back home. He attended the memorial service at the American Cathedral in Paris two days later.
The Robert W. Woodruff Memorial Arts Center is a living memorial to the victims of the tragic airplane crash on June 3, 1962, Today in Georgia History.
The 2002 book Explosion at Orly detailed the lives of the plane's passengers and the effect the crash had on Atlanta.