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25th Anniversary Of US Air 1016

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NTSB/aviation-safety.net
US Air 1016 broke apart on impact.

Today marks the 25th anniversary of one of Charlotte’s worst airliner crashes.   

Thirty-seven passengers were killed when US Air Flight 1016 went down as pilots tried to abort a landing during a heavy thunderstorm.  The DC-9 crashed through an airport fence, hitting trees and breaking apart along Wallace Neel Road, just west of Charlotte-Douglas airport. 

Federal investigators determined that probable causes of the crash included the flight crew’s failure to recognize dangerous wind-shear conditions during the thunderstorm, along with a lack of timely weather hazard information from air traffic controllers.  All five crew members and more than a dozen passengers survived the crash.

Nose section of US Air 1016.
Credit NTSB/aviation-safety.net
Nose section of US Air 1016.

US Air 1016 broke apart on impact.
Credit NTSB/aviation-safety.net
US Air 1016 broke apart on impact.