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Last updated: 26 June 2016
Datum:Montag 4 April 1977
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Fluggesellschaft:Southern Airways
Kennzeichen: N1335U
Werknummer: 47393/608
Baujahr: 1971
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7A
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 2 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 61 / Insassen: 81
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 63 / Insassen: 85
Opfer am Boden:Todesopfer: 9
Sachschaden: Zerstört
Konsequenzen: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Unfallort:New Hope, GA (   USA)
Flugphase: Während des Fluges (ENR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL (HSV/KHSV), USA
Flug nach:Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA (ATL/KATL), USA
Flugnummer: 242
Southern Fight 242 (Huntsville-Atlanta) entered severe thunderstorms between FL170 and FL140 over Rome, GA. Both engines failed and couldn't be restarted. An emergency landing was carried out on State Spur Highway 92. The aircraft crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "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 include the failure of the company'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 FAA's ATC system which precluded the timely dissemination of real-time hazardous weather information to the flight crew."

» NTSB-AAR-78-3
» Landmark Accidents: Deadly Surprise: Thunderstorms require a wide berth (AOPA Pilot, August 1998 Volume 41 / Number 8)

Official accident investigation report
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
report status: Final
report number: NTSB/AAR-78-03
report released:26 January 1978
duration of investigation: 297 days (10 months)
download report: Southern Airways, Inc., DC-9-31, N1335U, New Hope, Georgia, April 4, 1977. (NTSB/AAR-78-03)


NTSB issued 8 Safety Recommendations

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Huntsville-Madison County Airport, AL to Atlanta Municipal Airport, GA as the crow flies is 241 km (151 miles).

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