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Haunted Skies

I just read an interesting article called “Ghosts on a Plane” over at

I thought it was going to be about planes that were haunted and experiences travelers have had on board, but it was a little different. It referenced air force bases being haunted, but talked primarily about crash sites and the after effects some have experienced.

It takes a lot to give me chills these days, and I thought I’d heard just about every variation of ghost story out there, but I have to admit this article brought fresh shivers to my spine. Especially the tale of a crash site in Illinois.
If I’m understanding the article correctly, the crash happened in 1979 near Des Plaine.
After the crash there were reports of “bobbing lights.” Some thought it was people looking to scavenge the crash site, but when police were called out they found nothing. Kind of weird, but makes sense. As I’ll never forget Donna Marsh saying, the “freshies” didn’t know where to go. Instead their energy lingered and resulted in the mysterious lights.
Still, I had never thought about a crash site holding residual energy like this. Why, I don’t know. It’s no different than a car crash site and I’ve heard (and even believed) a fair share of tales about those. Maybe because it’s not every day you pass a plane crash site…
This is what really got me, though. Right after the crash, residents at a nearby mobile home park started having some weird experiences with knockings on their doors (and even windows). Except, when they went to answer (or investigate), no one was there.
And one man reportedly was out walking his dog one night, came across a man who not only smelt of gasoline but was smoldering a bit. Gas Man told Dog Walker Man he needed to make an emergency call. Dog Walker Man turned to point out a public phone but when he turned back Gas Man had vanished.
I know some groups, even my favorite ghost hunting group TAPS, has investigated air force bases where helicopters or planes now used as displays have purported hauntings, but I wonder if any working commercial airliners ever have an extra passenger on board?
That thought might give me pause the next time I’m flying with an empty seat on either side of me…

Click here to read “Ghosts on a Plane.”
Courtney Mroch
Courtney Mroch, otherwise known as HJ's Ambassador of Dark and Paranormal Tourism, is an author, traveler, and ghost enthusiast. When she's not writing, jaunting, or planning her next trip, it's a safe bet you'll find her in one of three places: on a tennis court somewhere, on a yoga mat somewhere, or watching a horror movie somewhere. She currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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  1. That’s interesting! I for sure would have thought that referenced haunted airliners, too. Thanks for posting this!

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