Date: July 23, 1973
Time: 1643
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
Operator: Ozark Air Lines
Flight #: 809
Route: Marion, IL - St. Louis
AC Type: Fairchild-Hiller FH-227B
Registration: N4215
cn / ln: 513
Aboard: 44   (passengers:41  crew:3)
Fatalities: 38   (passengers:37  crew:1)
Ground: 0
Summary: The aircraft crashed after attempting to land in thunderstorms with heavy rain and high winds. After passing the outer marker, the aircraft descended below the glide slope, entered an area of heavy rain, was struck by lightning and crashed into the ground short of the runway. The aircraft's encounter with a downdraft following the captain's decision to initiate and continue an instrument approach into a thunderstorm. Lack of a timely issuance of a severe weather warning by the National Weather Service.

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