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Mayday: Season 5 Episode 4

Dead Weight (Air Midwest Flight 5481)

On 8 January 2003, Air Midwest Flight 5481 crashes into an aircraft hangar at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport seconds after takeoff on a flight to Greenville. All 21 people on board die, and one person on the ground is injured. Investigation showed that the pilots’ controls had been improperly adjusted during maintenance, and that the aircraft was overloaded due to outdated formula for calculation of passenger weights.

Mayday: Season 5 Episode 4
Mayday: Season 5 Episode 4
Apr. 30, 2008

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