|Birth: ||Jan. 25, 1943|
|Death: ||Apr. 4, 1977|
First Officer on Southern Flight 242--killed on impact.
At 16:19 Eastern Standard Time on 4 April 1977, a Southern Airways, Inc, DC-9, Flight 242, crashed in New Hope, Georgia. After losing both engines in flight, it had attempted an emergency landing on a highway.
Of the 85 persons aboard Flight 242, 62 were killed, 22 were seriously injured, and 1 was slightly injured. Eight persons on the ground were killed and one person was seriously injured. The person injured on the ground died about 1 month later and one of the passengers died two months after the crash from burn injuries.
Flight 242 entered a severe thunderstorm between 17,000 feet and 14,000 feet near Rome, Georgia, en route from Huntsville to Atlanta. Both engines were damaged and all thrust was lost. The engines could not be restarted and the flight crew was forced to make an emergency landing.
The National Transportation Safety Board determined that the probable cause of this accident was the total and unique loss of thrust from both engines while the aircraft was penetrating an area of severe thunderstorms. The loss of thrust was caused by the ingestion of massive amounts of water and hail which in combination with thrust lever movement induced severe stalling in and major damage to the engine compressors.
Major contributing factors included the failure of Southern Airway's dispatching system to provide the flight crew with up-to-date severe weather information pertaining to the aircraft's intended route of flight, the captain's reliance on airborne weather radar for penetration of thunderstorm areas, and limitations in the Federal Aviation Administration's air traffic control system which precluded the timely dissemination of real-time hazardous weather information to the flight crew.
Green Hills Memorial Park
Rancho Palos Verdes
Los Angeles County
Plot: Summit Lawn 668, C
Created by: A Marine's Daughter
Record added: Jan 19, 2005
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