USAir Flight 1493/Skywest Flight 5569 Runway Collision — On February 1, 1991, USAir Flight 1493 and Skywest Flight 5569 collided at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) when the Skywest turbo-prop plane was cleared to hold its position prior to take off and the US Air Boeing 737 was cleared to land onto the same runway. Thirty-four people perished in the resulting plane crash. Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. represented 14 passengers in the aftermath of this tragedy. Wrongful death and personal injury litigation was pursued against the airline and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
A Snapshot of US Airways, Inc. (Formerly USAir)
Headquartered in Tempe, Arizona, US Airways, Inc. operated major hubs in Charlotte, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Starting out in 1939 delivering air-mail under the name All-American Airways, US Airways steadily transformed over decades of mergers and business acquisitions until it became the fifth largest airline in the United States.
US Airways was a member of the Star Alliance network and operated flights in North America, Central America, South America, the Caribbean, Hawaii, Europe, and the Middle East. Additional code-share partners include EVA Air, Hawaiian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, TACA and Virgin Atlantic.
Regional flights were operated by United Airways Express, under code-share agreement with US Airways. US Airways Express regional carriers included Mesa Airlines, PSA Airlines, Air Wisconsin Airlines, Republic Airlines, Chautauqua Airlines, Trans States Airlines, Piedmont Airlines and Colgan Airlines. In addition, US Airways Shuttle provided hourly service between Boston, Washington, DC, and New York.
US Airways (including US Airways Express and US Airways Shuttle) operated more than 3,000 daily flights, and served 155 domestic and 44 international destinations. The airline employed more than 32,000 employees and served approximately 60 million passengers each year.
In 2015, US Airways merged with American Airlines to become the largest airline in the world. All prior US Airways operations are now under the American Airlines name.
US Airways Accident and Incident History
The following is a summary of the major accidents and incidents of US Airways, including those under the airline’s former name, USAir, and those involving the airline’s regional affiliate, US Airways Express:
US Airways Flight 1549, New York, NY, January 15, 2009
US Airways Express/Air Midwest Flight 5481, Charlotte, NC, January 8, 2003
USAir Flight 427, Aliquippa, PA, September 8, 1994
USAir Flight 1016, Charlotte, NC, July 2, 1994
USAir Flight 405, New York, NY, March 22, 1992
USAir rough landing, Horseheads, NY, January 18, 1992
CommutAir Airlines (for USAir) Flight 4821, Saranac Lake, NY, January 3, 1992
USAir Flight 1493/Skywest Flight 5569, Los Angeles, CA, February 2, 1991
USAir inflight emergency, Los Angeles to Florida, 1991
USAir Flight 5050, Flushing, NY, September 20, 1989
USAir Flight 499, Erie, PA, February 21, 1986
US Airways Accidents and Incidents Handled by Baum Hedlund:
Baum, Hedlund, Aristei & Goldman, P.C. has handled some of the largest accidents of all time, including the following crashes involving US Airways (formerly USAir):
US Airways Express/Air Midwest Flight 5481 at Charlotte/Douglas International Airport, NC, 2003 (2 passengers represented)
USAir Flight 427, Aliquippa, PA, 1994 (6 passengers represented)
USAir Flight 1016, Charlotte, NC, 1994 (6 passengers represented)
USAir Flight 405, LaGuardia Airport, NY, 1992 (3 passengers represented)
USAir, rough landing, Horseheads, NY, 1992 (3 passengers represented)
CommutAir Airlines (USAir) Flight 4821, Saranac Lake, NY, 1992 (1 passenger represented)
USAir Flight 1493/Skywest Flight 5569, Los Angeles, California, 1991 (14 passengers represented)
USAir inflight emergency, Los Angeles to Florida, 1991 (1 passenger represented)
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Commercial Airline Crashes Case History
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