USAir Flight 1016
was a regularly scheduled flight between Columbia, South Carolina
and Charlotte, North Carolina
. On Saturday, July 2, 1994, the plane, a McDonnell Douglas DC-9
registered N954VJ, departed Columbia Metropolitan Airport
at 18:15 EST
for the 35-minute flight to Charlotte/Douglas International Airport
. On board, there were 52 passengers (including two infants), three flight attendants, and two pilots. The flight was uneventful until the approach to Charlotte
, where several heavy thunderstorms
were in the vicinity of the airport. The flight was cleared by the tower to land on runway 18R. The plane, flown by the first officer, approached the runway in heavy rain conditions. The tower controller issued a windshear
warning to all aircraft, but it was on a different radio frequency than Flight 1016.
About a minute later, as Flight 1016 was on final approach, the captain, realizing that they were in a serious predicament, instructed the first officer to 'Take it around, go to the right'. He then radioed the control tower
and stated 'USAIR ten sixteen's on the go'. The plane struggled to climb due to the severe weather conditions, and immediately veered to the right and began to rapidly descend. The flight crew desperately tried to control the airplane as it plummeted toward the ground.
At 18:43 EST
, the DC-9 touched down into a field within the airport boundary, about from the threshold
of runway 18R. It then crashed through the airport fence and impacted several... Read More