The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History

The Worst Aircraft Disaster in Georgia History (HM16S8)

Location: Dallas, GA 30132 Paulding County
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Country: United States of America
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N 33° 57.467', W 84° 47.433'

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April 4, 1977

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 CarterFaye Robinson Griffin and son Larry Allen GriffinEdna Griffin Gamel, son John T. Gamel and daughter Courtney A. GamelBerlie Mae Bell CratonErnest 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 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

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 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
HM NumberHM16S8
Year Placed2011
Placed ByNew Hope Memorial Flight 242, Inc
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, October 26th, 2014 at 10:02am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 704157 N 3759674
Decimal Degrees33.95778333, -84.79055000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 57.467', W 84° 47.433'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 57' 28.02" N, 84° 47' 25.98" W
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Area Code(s)770, 678, 404
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 54 Chester Harris Dr, Dallas GA 30132, US
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