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The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History

April 4, 1977

 
 
The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 3, 2013
1. The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1
Inscription. Side 1:

On April 4, 1977 a DC-9 Southern Airways Flight 242 flying from Huntsville, AL to Atlanta encountered a dangerous thunderstorm over Rome, GA. The hail and rain the aircraft endured was so severe that both engines flamed out and the aircraft quickly lost altitude. The flight crew desperately attempted to land the DC-9 on GA 92 Spur, now known as GA 381 which runs through the community of New Hope.

The result was the worst aircraft disaster in GA history claiming 72 lives including 9 local residents of New Hope. Miraculously 22 passengers survived.

New Hope Fatalities

Kathy Griffin Carter and son Jeffrey Richard Carter Faye Robinson Griffin and son Larry Allen Griffin Edna Griffin Gamel, son John T. Gamel and daughter Courtney A. Gamel Berlie Mae Bell Craton Ernest L. Prewett

Side 2:

First Column:

Southern 242 Fatality List
William Wade McKenzie, Pilot
Lyman Keele Jr., First Officer
Wayne Abercrombie
Walter H. Amick
Marvin Oscar Berglin
Glenn F. Bradley
Bobby Cameron
Edwin C. Cobb
Tommy Coe
Gordon Burnett Coley
Wesley R. Corrick
Robert Cummer
Boyden E. Davis Jr.
Frank Dawson
Patricia Dawson
Clifton Charles Durham
James Forte
Robert M. Furniss
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By David Seibert, February 3, 2013
2. The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 2
Jr.
Joe Giles
Karen Giles
Harry C. Gordon
William F. Goubeaud Jr.
Earle C. Griffin Jr.
Emily Griffin
Cecil Griffin
Bruce Groth
William Victor Gudaitis
Herman Galey Hamby
William C. Havercamp Jr.

Second Column:

Charlene Yvonne Havisto
Horace Kevin Hay
L. Joseph Heckl
Leo F. Horner
Phillip Anthony Inzina
Earl D. Johnson
Bevil J. “Pete” Kilgore
Homer Kitts
Thomas Monroe Mazingo
Herman McClure
Alton V. Mobley
Corrine Morton
Masaru Ori
Dr. Irwin E. Perlin
William J. Perryman
Ivan Drexel Potts Jr.
Richard Povinelli
James A. Power
William Michael Reeves
Kelsie Aubra Rogers
Edwin F. Rosler
Robert Michael Sanders
Phillip Randy Sherill
Joseph Smith
Romie L. Smith
Annette Snell
Mary Tarbox
Milford Dwayne Waldrep
John “Buster” Walker

Third Column:

Babs Wicksell
Byron Wicksell
George Duncan Wilkinson
Michael Lewis Williams
James W. Williamson

Survivors
Catherine Lemoine, Sr. Stewardess
Sandy Purl, Stewardess
Edward R. Brock
Calvin H. Childress
Richard William Darby
Don Foster
Sally Furniss
Leland C. Lavender
Bernard Bryan
Jerry W. Causey
Frederick
The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 3, 2013
3. The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1
L. Clemens
Lee S. Collier
Jeffrey C. Magnell
Robert F. Reams
Amy L. Sebastian
Warren Sindorf
David Anthony Twist
Philip Zeleznok
James L. Phillips Jr.
Lee Quick
Ronald Thomas Seaman
John Tielking

 
Erected 2011 by New Hope Memorial Flight 242, Inc.
 
Location. 33° 57.467′ N, 84° 47.433′ W. Marker is in New Hope, Georgia, in Paulding County. Marker is at the intersection of Dallas-Acworth Highway (Georgia Route 381) and Chester Harris Drive, on the right when traveling west on Dallas-Acworth Highway. Click for map. The marker stands at the front of a cemetery, opposite the New Hope Church. Marker is in this post office area: Dallas GA 30132, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. New Hope Battlefield (within shouting distance of this marker); The Federal Attack on Hood’s Corps (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); The March of Hardee’s Corps, May 23-25, 1864 (about 400 feet away); Battle of New Hope Church (about 400 feet away); Polk’s March to Lost Mountain (about 400 feet away); New Hope Church Phase of Atlanta Campaign (about 500 feet away); Atlanta Campaign (about 500 feet away); Johnston's Headquarters (approx. 0.7 miles away).
 
Regarding The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History.
The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1 image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 3, 2013
4. The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History Marker, Side 1
A Wikipedia entry on the crash of Southern Airways Flight 242 is at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southern_Airways_Flight_242

In the television series "Air Disasters," the one-hour show "Southern Storm," frequently broadcast on the Smithsonian Channel, is about the crash of Flight 242 at New Hope.
 
Categories. Disasters
 
Southern Airways Flight 242 Crash Site image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, February 3, 2013
5. Southern Airways Flight 242 Crash Site
Looking northeast on Georgia Highway 381 (designated as Georgia Highway 92 Connector at the time of the crash): the DC-9 touched down on the highway near where the stoplight now stands, heading northeast on the highway.
 
 
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