Crash Down

On this chunk of plane, you can just make out part of the “W” and “A”  from “TWA.”
On this chunk of plane, you can just make out part of the “W” and “A” from “TWA.”

Back in the '50s, a TWA flight crashed into Domingo Baca Canyon on the west side of the Sandias, killing all 16 people on board. My wife and I just bought our very first digital camera this last weekend, and we decided the perfect place to test it out would be at the crash site. It's a strange, somber place—very remote, at least by Sandia standards. Most of the metal parts of the plane are still there, as well as the tires, crammed into a slim and shady slot canyon located almost directly under the tram cables. Here's my brief digital photo essay. Enjoy!

Here’s a recognizable piece of the propeller.
Here’s a recognizable piece of the propeller.

P.S.: The definitive guide for hiking in the Sandias is currently Mike Coltrin's Sandia Mountain Hiking Guide (UNM Press, $19.95), which includes an excellent map. If you're a cheapskate, you might be able to make do with Coltrin's website, sandiahiking.com [link]

I call this one: “Piece of Plane with Little Dog.”
I call this one: “Piece of Plane with Little Dog.”
I call this one: “Pieces of Plane with Big Dog.”
I call this one: “Pieces of Plane with Big Dog.”