Apathoid is correct... Weight probably had very little to do with the tragic crash of the Air Midwest BE1900D in CLT
last January. However, it is clear that the average passenger and bag weights needed to be reviewed. We Americans need to be eating fewer airport cheeseburgers, apparently.
The deeper issue surrounding the AMW BE1900D accident is one of oversight of contract maintenance. In this case, it has been clearly established that the Raytheon contractor in Huntington, W.V. did an inadequate job training its employees and ensuring that they followed the appropriate procedures. It is also evident that AMW, wholly-owned by Mesa Air Group, did not provide adequate supervision of the maintenance facility to ensure maintenance was being performed to standard. The FAA is also lacking in it's enforcement of the rules and regulations pertaining to contract maintenance operations.
We have seen all of this before in other accidents. In my view, contract maintenance is a detriment to safety because it is so far removed from the more rigorous inspection requirements placed upon airline maintenance departments. Having had personal experience with both in-house and contract maintenance, I can also say that the quality of the product turned out by in-house mechanics is consistently higher than that of contracted mechanics.