The Crash of Valujet Flight 592

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Running head: VALUJET FLIGHT 592 | | THE CRASH OF VALUJET FLIGHT 592 Daniel A. Watson Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University Abstract In this paper, I will describe the tragedy of ValuJet Airlines Flight 592. This ValuJet flight ended in the Everglades near Miami, Florida on May 11, 1996. The plane was a DC-9 and safety issues were a major concern with this flight. Also, hazardous materials were another concern during this flight. The impact of this disaster will be analyzed. Not only the impact that was made on the families of the victims lost, but also the impact of the disaster that was made on the airline industry. In conclusion, a discussion about improvements was included to be better organized in the event a similar disaster was to take place. THE CRASH OF VALUJET FLIGHT 592 On May 11, 1996 a Douglas DC-9 crashed into the Everglades about 20 minutes after takeoff from Miami International Airport (MIA), Miami, Florida. It was determined that this DC-9 was a plane operated by ValuJet Airlines as flight 592. Both pilots, three flight attendants, and all 104 passengers were killed. It was determined that 105 passengers had boarded the plane. A four-year-old was listed to be on the plane. However, the presence of this child was not shown on the manifest or on the weight and balance and performance form. It was later revealed that in fact a four-year-old was on the plane. The reason that the four year old girl wasn’t listed on the manifest or weight and balance and performance form was because one of the passengers was traveling with a lap child which means the child was not traveling with a seat position (NSTB, 1996). Two witnesses fishing from a

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