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Crash of USAir Flight 1016

“The remains of the tail section of USAir flight 1016 is tangled within utility pole wires and shows a burnt section after a crash landing Saturday, July 2, 1994, near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. The jet crashed while trying to land in a thunderstorm, killing 22 of the 56 people aboard. The jet's tail section slammed into a house with five people inside and caught fire.”
“The remains of the tail section of USAir flight 1016 is tangled within utility pole wires and shows a burnt section after a crash landing Saturday, July 2, 1994, near the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport in Charlotte, N.C. The jet crashed while trying to land in a thunderstorm, killing 22 of the 56 people aboard. The jet's tail section slammed into a house with five people inside and caught fire.” Gaston Gazette

US Air Flight 1016 crashed on July 2, 1994, killing 37 and seriously injuring at least 16 others. Investigators determined windshear resulting from a thunderstorm caused the plane to plummet to the ground near Charlotte Douglas Airport.

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Here is coverage from the next day’s paper:

CRASH OF DC-9 KILLS AT LEAST 18 NEAR CHARLOTTE AIRPORT

USAIR FLIGHT FROM COLUMBIA HAD 50 PASSENGERS, 5 CREW

Reporter: By PAIGE WILLIAMS

“Charlotte's worst airplane crash in two decades killed at least 18 passengers Saturday when a USAir DC-9 crashed while landing in a thunderstorm. Carrying 50 passengers and five crew members, Flight 1016 from Columbia was on its second approach to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport at 6:50 p.m. when it veered right, nosed down and plowed through telephone poles and treetops before crashing into a field. … Witnesses described a nightmarish scene of smoke, fire and confusion. ‘It was the worst thing I've ever seen in my life,’ said one firefighter, near tears and covered in soot. ‘All the dead people . . .’

“Rescue crews from seven counties converged on south Charlotte, turning the Wilkinson Boulevard area into a frenzy of ambulances running red lights, police officers blocking off streets, helicopters airlifting burned crash victims.

“Flight 1016 originated in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and stopped in Columbia before coming to Charlotte just before 7 p.m. (The plane) approached Runway 18 Right, the westerly of two parallel runways. A flight crew member radioed a ‘go-around’ for another landing attempt. ‘He reported he was going to go around and try it again,’ said airport Aviation Director Jerry Orr. He said air traffic controllers told him the pilot had aborted his initial landing and was about to pull up and make another approach when he apparently struck telephone poles. On impact, the plane broke into three pieces.”

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