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Us Airways Express Flight 5481
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Birth: unknown
Death: Jan. 8, 2003

US Airways Express Flight 5481, a Beechcraft 1900D operated by Air Midwest as US Airways Express under a franchise agreement, crashed into an airport hangar and burst into flames 37 seconds after leaving Charlotte/Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, North Carolina for Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport in Greer, South Carolina on January 9, 2003. All 19 passengers and 2 pilots aboard were killed in the accident.

Investigation revealed that turnbuckles controlling tension on the cables to the elevators had been set incorrectly, resulting in the pilots not having sufficient control. After take-off, the plane climbed steeply before stalling, despite both pilots pushing the control column forward. The aircraft's most recent service was two nights before the crash. Flight 5481 was the heaviest load the aircraft had carried since its scheduled maintenance; the aircraft was close to its maximum allowable weight.

Passengers

Caitlin Albury- Marsh Harbor,Bahamas

Nicholas Albury- Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

Robin Albury- Marsh Harbor, Bahamas

Sreenivasa Badam- Prakasam Andhra Pradesh, India

Mark Congdon- Woodbine, Md.

Keith Coyner- Coral Springs, Fla.

Forrest Demartino- Sidney, Ohio

Sylvain Dubois- Lac Beauport, Quebec Canada

Richard E. Fonte- Jacksonville, N.C.

Gary Gezzer- Coral Springs, Fla.

Steven J. Krassas- Richmond, Va.

Richard R. Lyons- Lynnfield, Mass.

Ima Pearson- North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Christiana Shepherd- Sao Miguel, Azores

Joseph M. Spiak- Acton, Mass.

Ganeshram Sreenivasan- Chennai, India

Michael Otto Sullivan- Newtown Square, Pa.

Paul E. Stidham- Dayton, Md.

Ralph Sylvia- Ashland, Va.

Crew

Jonathan Gibbs- Redwood Valley, Calif.
(First Officer)

Katie Leslie- Arlington, Texas
(Captain) 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn East Cemetery
Weddington
Union County
North Carolina, USA
 
Created by: Ron Yates
Record added: Nov 01, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16415528
Us Airways Express Flight 5481
Added by: Ron Yates
 
Us Airways Express Flight 5481
Added by: Ron Yates
 
Us Airways Express Flight 5481
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- Lance
 Added: Nov. 9, 2012
Forever in my heart, never escaping my thoughts. I miss youP.S. this is the wrong dateJanuary 8, 2003
-Anonymous
 Added: Jan. 6, 2012

- Rick and Kathy Wright
 Added: Aug. 14, 2011
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