Northwest Flight 255

Mercedes Mejia

This summer will mark 26 years since Northwest Flight 255 crashed onto the highway outside Detroit Metro Airport.

One hundred fifty-seven people were killed. The wreckage stretched across half a mile.

Only one person survived: a four-year-old girl with brown eyes, a chipped tooth, and purple nail polish.

Her name is Cecelia Cichan, and this week, she’s breaking her long public silence about the crash.

Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Filming has wrapped on a documentary featuring the only survivor of the 1987 plane crash near Detroit.

Twenty-five years after Northwest Flight 255 killed some 150 passengers, Cecelia Cichan is telling her story publicly for the first time.

She was just four years old when she survived the crash that killed her parents and brother. Now she and 13 other lone survivors of commercial crashes are the focus of the film entitled "Sole Survivor."

Micki Maynard / Changing Gears

Mourners gathered near Detroit Metro Airport Thursday to remember those who died on board Northwest flight 255.

In a small grove just off Interstate 94, a priest reads off the names of the names of 156 people who died her 25 years ago.

They were killed when the plane crashed shortly after takeoff on August 16th, 1987. One 4-year-old girl survived.