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Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:45 am

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.

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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:47 am

Great tribute... May the souls of those that were killed rest in peace.
 
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:49 am

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.
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:20 am

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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:30 am

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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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Wed Sep 08, 2004 10:03 pm

Wow... I remember this freaky crash, and how US struggled with safety in the early 90s.

Cant believe it's been this long so quickly  Wow!
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Thu Sep 09, 2004 6:36 am

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.
 
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Thu Sep 09, 2004 7:03 am

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.

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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Thu Sep 09, 2004 11:45 am

I saw the a show on Discovery channel about this and how it lead to the correction on all 737's. RIP to the deceased.
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 2:13 am

"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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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 3:22 am

A330323X:
Thanks for the links to the Pittsburgh papers. Very interesting and compelling reading.

SOAC:
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".

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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 6:25 am

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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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 9:57 am

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.

http://www.ntsb.gov/ntsb/brief.asp?ev_id=20001206X02233&key=1

I too remember when this crash happened; I was in h.s. and it was a very errie feeling that night. Same feeling for the Halloween crash of UA express in ice that same year.

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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 10:03 am

Moman

That Halloween crash was not United Express, it was American Eagle 4184.

I remember both crashes well. On 9/8/94, I had gone to Phoenix Sky Harbor (first time ever!) to exchange some tickets with Delta and when I got home, the USAir crash was on the news....

RIP USAir 427....
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RE: Ten Years Later- USAir 427

Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:34 am

Cactus:

Thanks for correcting me, I had the airlines confused. It was sad about two major incidents in two months time.

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