Category Archives: The Tragic Crash of Southern Airways Flight 242

“The Bold and Complicated Life of Lyman W. Keele, Jr., First Officer aboard Southern Airways Flight 242” – my interview with Delta Airlines Captain Ron Crysler (ret.)

CD: Ron, thank you for taking the time to speak with me today about Lyman W.  Keele, Jr. and the events surrounding his death after the April 4, 1977 crash of Southern Airways Flight 242. You worked together at Southern, and … Continue reading

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“The Tragic Tale of Robert St. Martin, the Flight Controller Tracking Southern Airways Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

Two months after the crash of Southern Airways Flight 242, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) conducted a five day public hearing at the Sheraton-Biltmore Hotel in Atlanta, GA. The witnesses included crash survivors, internal investigators, engine specialists, air traffic … Continue reading

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“Anatomy of a Crash Scene” – Action Photographs taken after the crash of Southern Airways Flight 242 – by Clifford Davids

Moments before the co-pilot of Southern Airways Flight 242 had lowered his landing gear and touched down dead center on a narrow strip of highway in New Hope, GA, the first responders had begun to gear up for the fiery … Continue reading

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“A Dry Tomb Burial for Southern Airways Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

The exact spot where Southern 242’s wreckage is buried remains a mystery – but its location is in a very public place. After I became fully immersed in this oral history project, I found out that the wreckage has in … Continue reading

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“Crash Site Confidential” – The NTSB Photographs Of Southern Airways Flight 242 – by Clifford Davids

The National Transportation Safety Board is an American icon. Everyone recognizes their intrepid investigators, clad in navy blue shirts emblazoned with the yellow “NTSB” logo, swarming all over the horrific wreckage of airplanes, ships, and trains. Established in 1967, the … Continue reading

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“How She Survived: Flight Attendant Catherine Cooper and the Lucky Few from Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

The tragic crash of Southern Airways Flight 242 is a cruel story destruction, mayhem, and death. The captain died from his injuries, and the first officer expired while he was being medivaced to Kennestone Hospital. Twenty  passengers died from fatal injuries … Continue reading

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“The Dead-Stick Descent of Southern Airways Flight 242” – by Clifford Davids

The final moments aboard Southern Airways Flight 242 were chaotic yet controlled: the first officer was searching in vain for a suitable runway; the pilot was furiously trying to restart the disabled engines; and the two flight attendants were keeping the unnerved passengers calm and … Continue reading

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