N766UA From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 8504 posts, RR: 23 Posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 5999 times:
Ten years ago, on September 8th 1994, USAir flight 427 crashed into a hill near Hopewell Township, PA. All 132 passengers and crew aboard died when a valve in the rudder of the 737 jammed and caused the aircraft to roll over.
Certainly USAir 427 is one of the most well-known air disasters to the aviation-minded. It sparked a lengthy investigation into the 737's rudder design and finally put an end to the questions raised by this accident and the crash of United 585 three years earlier. It's a tragedy it had to come down to it, but 737s today are among the safest jets in the sky thanks to their sacrafice.
I remember this accident as one of the first I saw on TV and, since I have many relatives in Pittsburgh, it really hit home for me. Here's to the memory of those aboard on the tenth anniversary of their passing.
747buff From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 5969 times:
I remember that day like yesterday, can't believe it's been a decade already. Came home from my first day of 5th grade, and later that evening the news bulletin came over the television. Couldn't believe at the time that this was US's fifth crash in as many years, and was quite spooked when I ended up flying them several months later.
Us653 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 161 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (10 years 6 months 19 hours ago) and read 5912 times:
I too remember it well. I was a sophomore at West Virginia University, no more than 60 miles away. It really hit home a bit later when it revealed that there were several residents of Morgantown on the flight. Great tribute!
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Willbdsp From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 303 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (10 years 6 months ago) and read 5629 times:
I too remember the crash happening. My father is a fireman for a small community about 30 minutes from the crash site. His company was actually called out to help assist with the clean up and recovery of the aircraft.
May God be with the families of the victims during this tough anniversary.
SonOfACaptain From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1747 posts, RR: 6
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 5598 times:
Wow... I remember this freaky crash, and how US struggled with safety in the early 90s.
I just want to point out that only 1 of USAir's crashes was actually their fault. That was the one in NYC when a jumpseat pilot (did not work for USAir) accidentally kicked the trim and the plane started to go off the runway. The Captain decided to abort take off when he shouldn't of and you know the rest of the story.
Other than that (I can't remember all the crashes details) they were either caused by mechanical, weather, or ATC. USAir was a VERY safe airline back then and still is, it's just unfortunate that people assume that they weren't.
Goldenshield From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 6126 posts, RR: 14
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 5381 times:
"I just want to point out that only 1 of USAir's crashes was actually their fault. That was the one in NYC when a jumpseat pilot (did not work for USAir) accidentally kicked the trim and the plane started to go off the runway. The Captain decided to abort take off when he shouldn't of and you know the rest of the story."
You are pointing out the F-28 crash at LGA, correct? If not, which was it?
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Tom in NO From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 7194 posts, RR: 32
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5322 times:
Thanks for the links to the Pittsburgh papers. Very interesting and compelling reading.
The USAir crash of a DC-9 at CLT on July 2, 1994 was also listed pilot error as the primary contributing cause: "PROBABLE CAUSE: "1) the flight crew's decision to continue an approach into severe convective activity that was conducive to a microburst; 2) the flight crew's failure to recognize a windshear situation in a timely manner; 3) the flight crew's failure to establish and maintain the proper airplane attitude and thrust setting necessary to escape the windshear".
Tom at MSY
[Edited 2004-09-09 20:23:16]
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Spacecadet From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3754 posts, RR: 12
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 1 day ago) and read 5250 times:
I just want to point out that only 1 of USAir's crashes was actually their fault.
The windshear crash in I think Charlotte was pilot error. Windshear happens all the time - the only time it brings down a plane is when the pilot screws up. Read the NTSB report - I don't have a link handy but it's at the Embry Riddle site.
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Moman From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1054 posts, RR: 4
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 4 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 5178 times:
I read the full report of this crash on the FAA website; it's very interesting to read the transcript of the CVR. I think the one that got to me was what the pilot said when he knew that he was going to crash. It was somthing along the lines of "holy s***, holy s***", among other things.
I can't get the PDF to come up today but here is the link to the synopsis.