Airplane Crash - St. Louis, Missouri 07/23/1973

Details of airplane crash/ shootdown - St. Louis, Missouri


Date07/23/1973
Time16:43
LocationSt. Louis, Missouri
OperatorOzark Air Lines
Flight #809
RouteMarion, IL - St. Louis
TypeFairchild-Hiller FH-227B
RegistrationN4215
Cn/In513
Aboard44
Fatalities38
Ground0
SummaryThe 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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