Incident description
Last updated: 4 November 2012
Date:08 SEP 1989
Type:Boeing 737-2B7
Registration: N283AU
C/n / msn: 23116/999
First flight: 1983-12-08 (5 years 9 months)
Total airframe hrs:17045
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-15A
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 6
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 58
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 64
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI) (United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT) (PIT/KPIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI) (MCI/KMCI), United States of America
Flightnumber: 105
USAir 105 was cleared to execute the localizer back course approach to runway 27 at 21:29:41. At 21:34:23, the local controller told USAir 105 "I can't tell for sure but it appears we have lost the lighting on the south side of the airport." The flightcrew later described seeing a bright flash about this time.
Subsequent inspection revealed that the airplane struck and severed four electronic transmission cables, located about 75 feet above the ground, approximately 7,000 feet east of the runway 27 threshold. The flightcrew executed a missed approach and landed uneventfully in Salina, Kansas. None of the passengers or crew was injured, but the airplane sustained minor damage in the incident.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The flightcrew's failure to adequately prepare for and execute a nonprecision approach and their subsequent premature descent below minimum descent altitude. Contributing to the cause of the incident was the inadequate and deficient services provided to the flightcrew by air traffic control personnel."

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This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Pittsburgh International Airport, PA (PIT) to Kansas City International Airport, MO (MCI) as the crow flies is 1233 km (770 miles).

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