Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A `Whooshing Sound' No Clue to Usair Crash

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

A `Whooshing Sound' No Clue to Usair Crash

Article excerpt

A strange "whooshing sound" aboard a USAir jetliner before the Sept. 8 crash that killed all 132 aboard apparently was nothing more than an open public address system, industry sources said Monday.

The report appeared to end speculation over the weekend that the mysterious sound could be a clue to the crash of Flight 427 near Pittsburgh, the fifth fatal crash of a USAir jetliner in five years.

Airline industry sources said the so-called whooshing noise had been traced to an open public address system. They said the pilot had made an announcement and did not turn off the sound system immediately.

They said the account of the noise was confirmed by an off-duty pilot who was riding free in the cockpit en route from Charlotte and got off the plane in Chicago. The sources spoke on condition of anonymity, saying it was protocol for the National Transportation Safety Board to disclose such information.

Michael Benson of the Safety Board said "We have one indication of that . …

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