- ACCIDENT DETAILS
Date: December 07, 1987
Time: 16:16
Location: San Luis Obispo, California
Operator: Pacific Southwest Airlines
Flight #: 1771
Route: Los Angeles - San Fransisco
AC Type: British Aerospace BAe-146-200A
Registration: N350PS
cn / ln: E-2027
Aboard: 43   (passengers:38  crew:5)
Fatalities: 43   (passengers:38  crew:5)
Ground: 0
Summary: A fired USAir employee, David Burke, after leaving a goodbye message to friends, shot both pilots with a .44 Magnum pistol. While the aircraft was cruising at 22,000 feet over the central California coast, the cockpit crew heard two shots in the passenger cabin and radioed a frantic message to air traffic controllers: "There’s gunfire aboard." Moments later, the plane entered a high-speed nosedive and smashed onto the ground at 700 mph at 5,000 g's . Investigators sifting through the wreckage were able to retrieve the plane’s cockpit voice recorder, which subsequently revealed the sounds of a commotion in the cockpit, three more shots, the groan of the pilot or co-pilot, and then a final shot.
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