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Today Marks Anniversary Of Crash Of Flight 242 In New Hope

Today marks the 39th anniversary of what is considered the worst air disaster in Georgia’s history: the crash of Southern Airways Flight 242.
 
On April 4th 1977, the DC-9-31 jet executed a forced landing on a highway in the New Hope community in Paulding County, after suffering hail damage and losing thrust on both engines in a severe thunderstorm.

The Southern Airways aircraft was flying from Northwest Alabama Regional Airport to Atlanta Municipal Airport.

Sixty-three people on the aircraft (including the flight crew) and nine people on the ground died; twenty passengers survived, as well as the two flight attendants. One of the initial survivors died of his injuries several weeks later.