After descending for about 1 minute at a very steep angle, the plane crashed into the hillside of a cattle ranch in the Santa Lucia Mountains near Paso Robles and Cayucos. USAir recently purchased PSA. Officials believe its 22,000-foot plunge was caused by Burke, 35, taking revenge on Raymond Thomson, the supervisor who fired him from USAir on Nov. 9 when he allegedly stole less than $69 in beverage receipts. zero seven zero, vector final approach course. Photos of PSA crew on PSA Memorial Page. The transcript, or parts thereof, if taken out of context, could be misleading. The transcript, or parts thereof, if taken out of context, could be misleading. If you are a regular reader, you should know by now where your author is going with this. "There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as being shot at and missed" --Winston Churchill. I agree that if the tables were turned, the leftist media would have turned this into the biggest story of the 20th century, with more coverage than the Kennedy assassination. Tail and Winglet closeups with beautiful airline logos. "The Smile of Stockton" Near Harmony, California. And it was “racism” that got him fired after he was caught stealing money- on camera! Some former girlfriends, neighbours, and law enforcement officials described him as a violent man before Flight 1771. The remains of the flight data recorder (FDR) indicated the control column had been pushed forward, most likely by Burke, causing the aircraft to dive. After boarding the plane, Burke wrote a message on an air-sickness bag. Even Aviation Magazine only carries a small blurb about this most unprecedented event in the history of American Aviation.


Because it was a criminal act, not an accident.

Wreckage and bodies were strewn over a five-mile area and the gun, with six shots expended, was found buried in the mud at the crash site. The remains of the flight data recorder (FDR) indicated Burke had pushed the control column forward into a dive. At that point, the CVR recorded the cockpit door opening and a female flight attendant telling the pilots, “We have a problem!” The captain replied, “What kind of problem?” A shot was heard as Burke shot the flight attendant dead, and announced “I’m the problem.” He then fired two more rounds.

PSA one eighty-two, traffic twelve o'clock, one mile northbound. Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

The high-speed impact compressed the soil, which almost immediately rebounded, throwing fragments and paper (including the note by Burke) back into the air, before flames consumed them. Pilots are idiots, who at any given moment will attempt to kill themselves or others. But, he did not find a new life on the west coast. In an ‘a-ha moment’ state, I thought to myself, “Yes!

"It's not the size of the dog in the fight, but the size of the fight in the dog". The captain and the co-pilot were speaking to air traffic control when the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) picked up the sound of the first two shots being fired. I love you. All 43 people on board the aircraft died, including the man who caused the crash, a disgruntled former employee of USAir, the parent company of PSA. This is an excellent piece that brings out what the media did NOT report. If memory serves Sheriff asked NTSB to do a spectral analysis of the CVR and determined the sequence of events thru noise of lav door and shots fired. [sound of electrical system reactivation tone on cvr, system The amazement with the note onboard the PSA flight really got me interested though, I'm still wondering how they figured that out. Do I paint a clear picture? Using his un-surrendered US Air credentials, Burke bypassed the normal security checkpoint at LAX while carrying a concealed .44 Magnum revolver. Create your website today. The best seat in a Plane is the Jumpseat. The remains of 27 passengers were never identified.

PSA one eighty-two, traffic's at twelve o'clock, three miles

** homepage ** airline memorabilia. LOS ANGELES (AP) _ A tape recording of Pacific Southwest Airline Flight 1771's last moments contained three gunshot-like sounds, a pause, and then a final apparent gunshot, the FBI says. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-16729709-1']); The plane was estimated to have crashed at around 770 mph, disintegrating instantly.

As I recall, and I may be wrong, the local Sheriff handled this one vs NTSB/FBI since it was caused by a criminal act and it was a intrastate flight. To my dear Black readers, please don’t get your panties up in a bunch because this is not about ripping on Black folks. one mile a Cessna. This indicated that he was alive and gripping his gun right up until the very moment of impact. What can you do about it? Burke alleged white workers with less experience were promoted to the supervisory positions he deserved, said Annabella Hwa, the department’s district manager in Los Angeles. The air bag note, later discovered near the crash site, read: “Hi Ray. Most likely, he shot the pilot and copilot once each, incapacitating or killing them on the spot. Reagan said a transcript of the cockpit recording was being withheld pending completion of the FBI investigation, at which time the information will be turned over the National Transportation Safety Board for release. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; David Burke was born May 18, 1952, to Jamaican parents living in Britain. Rather, he was fired from being a passenger ticket agent on November 19th, 1987, because he was reported to have committed petty theft by stealing $69 from the airlines' cocktail sales fund – an act that was caught on a hidden camera. The timing of the lavatory door sounds, Burke’s seating proximity to Thomson, and the two quick gun shots heard just after the 2nd door closing sound, suggest that Burke entered the lavatory in order to discreetly draw his gun. A final gunshot was heard and it is speculated that Burke fatally shot himself. The attached CVR transcript should be viewed as an accident investigation tool to be used in conjunction with other evidence gathered during the investigation.

Conclusions or interpretations should not be made using the transcript as the sole source of information. I never thought of that. The co-pilot immediately reported that a gun had been fired and no further transmissions were received from the crew.