"Ask a vertical-transportation-industry professional to recall an episode of an elevator in free fall…."
Breaking: 1 reported dead and at least 2 others injured in elevator fall at 285 Madison Ave, home of Young&Rubicam
— NYT Metro Desk(@NYTMetro) December 14, 2011
"Ask a vertical-transportation-industry professional to recall an episode of an elevator in free fall—the cab plummeting in the shaftway, frayed rope ends trailing in the dark—and he will say that he can think of only one. That would be the Empire State Building incident of 1945, in which a B-25 bomber pilot made a wrong turn in the fog and crashed into the seventy-ninth floor, snapping the hoist and safety cables of two elevators," wrote Nick Paumgarten in April, 2008. Well, now it sounds like there are two. UPDATE: Or quite possibly not, according to further reports!