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ARLINGTON, Va., Jan. 8, 2003 - US Airways' Family Support Group, on behalf of Mesa Air Group, is contacting the families of passengers and crew aboard Air Midwest Flight 5481.

"All of us in the US Airways family are deeply saddened by today's Air Midwest accident in Charlotte and I wish to extend our deepest personal sympathy to the families and friends of passengers and crewmembers aboard the aircraft. Our thoughts and prayers are with them," said President and CEO David Siegel. "We will continue to do everything possible to help them in the aftermath of this tragic event."

A complete list of the passengers and crew on board Air Midwest Flight 5481 has been provided to the National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration. The following names of passengers and crew are being released with the permission of families who have been contacted at this time by specially trained representatives. Additional names will be released as permission is granted:

Albury, Caitlin West Palm Beach, Fla.
Albury, Robin West Palm Beach, Fla.
Congdon, Mark Baltimore, Md.
Coyner, Keith Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Demartino, Forrest Dayton, Ohio
Dubois, Sylvain Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
Fonte, Richard E. Jacksonville, N.C.
Gibbs, Jonathan (First Officer) Charlotte, N.C.
Krassas, Steven J. Richmond, Va.
Leslie, Katie (Captain) Charlotte, N.C.
Spiak, Joseph M. Boston
Sylvia, Ralph Richmond, Va.

Mesa Air Group has established a special toll-free telephone number to call for families of passengers on board flight 5481. The number is 1-800-679-8215. Updates on Air Midwest Flight 5481 also are being posted on US Airways' Web site at and by the Mesa Air Group at