Southern Airways Flight 242

Southern Airways Flight 242Monday April 4, 1977
The aircraft sustained a broken windshield and loss of power to both engines after penetrating a thunderstorm and encountering hail. The plane crash landed on a highway and exploded in flames. Total and unique loss of thrust from both engines while the aircraft was penetrating an area of severe thunderstorms with heavy precipitation and hail. The hail clogged bleeder valves in the engines causing multipe engine surges until the compressors tore apart. Contributing factor was the failure of the company's dispatcher to provide the flight crew with up-to-date severe weather information.

Crash Details

DateMonday April 4, 1977
LocationNew Hope, Georgia
Passengers81
Crew4
Fatalities62
Survivors23
Aircraft TypeMcDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
OperatorSouthern Airways
RegistrationN1335U
Flight OriginHuntsville
Flight Destination Atlanta
New Hope, Georgia
Southern Airways
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
1977