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PHOENIX, Jan 8, 2003 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ --

Mesa Air Group, Inc., confirms that US Airways Express flight 5481, operated by Air Midwest, Inc., which is a wholly owned subsidiary of Mesa Air Group, has been involved in an accident at Charlotte, NC. The aircraft was a 19 passenger Raytheon 1900D enroute from Charlotte to Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. There were 19 passengers and a crew of 2 on board. Authorities advise us at this time, they believe there are no survivors.

"We are deeply saddened by today's event. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and crew of flight 5481. We are working with the NTSB and other agencies in the investigation of this accident," said Jonathan Ornstein Chairman & CEO of Mesa Air Group.

Mesa has established a special toll-free telephone number to call for information about those on board Flight 5481. The number is 1-800-679-8215.

    We will have an update on the situation at 12:00 pm eastern standard time.
    (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/19990210/LAW065 )

SOURCE Mesa Air Group, Inc.

Gus Carbonell of Mesa Air Group, Inc., +1-602-685-4108
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