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Hurtling Wreckage Destroys Home Of 28 Years With AM-Planes Collide Bjt

November 11, 1985

CLIFFSIDE PARK, N.J. (AP) _ Monday would have been the 28th anniversary of the day Delores Korinko moved into her home here, but the apartment was destroyed when the flaming wreckage of an airplane hurtled out of the sky.

″My children thought it was a bomb. Fortunately, they got out real quick,″ Mrs. Korinko said.

The wreckage of a corporate jet that had collided with a light propeller plane smashed into two apartment buildings Sunday night and sparked a fire that spread to the Korinko home and two others.

Mrs. Korinko was at the supermarket and said she felt the earth shake, heard a loud explosion and saw the lights go out. Her daughter Elaine and son Micheal were at home and fled the three-family house as the flames spread.

″We ran for our lives,″ said Elaine Korinko, who works for the Bergen Community College athletic department.

″I saw what I immediately thought to be a plane on fire, spiraling down. It looked like it was headed right toward us. I just yelled for my brother to get out of the house,″ she said.

″I just saw a big hunk of metal on fire,″ said Michael Korinko, 16, a Cliffside Park High School student who was doing homework in his room.

He said he ″heard a rumbling and the window just turned orange. I didn’t know what it was until my sister called me.″

As he ran to the street, he shouted for neighbors to flee.

Mrs. Korinko said she had planned to celebrate the anniversary of the day she moved into her home above a meat market in this densely populated suburb of New York City.

″We lost everything,″ said her daughter. ″All we have is the clothing on our backs. We have to sort out our lives and decide what to do.″

Mrs. Korinko, a secretary for the Bergen County board of freeholders, and her children were taken in by relatives.

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