- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: April 04, 1977
Time: 16:19
Location: New Hope, Georgia
Operator: Southern Airways
Flight #: 242
Route: Huntsville - Atlanta
AC Type: McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Registration: N1335U
cn / ln: 47393/608
Aboard: 85   (passengers:81  crew:4)
Fatalities: 62   (passengers:60  crew:2)
Ground: 8
Summary: 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.
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