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.