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What were the weather conditions during the crash?

At the end of December, a movie will be released detailing the events surrounding the crash of Southern Airlines Charter Flight 932, carrying most of the members of the Marshall University football team. Let's look back at November 14th 1970, and review the weather conditions near the time of the accident, which occurred at 7:37pm.

At 7am, an area of Low pressure was located northeast of New Orleans, Louisiana. This storm tracked north-northeast through the afternoon, and by 7pm was located just southwest of Huntington, West Virginia. This was responsible for the low ceilings and light rain at the time of the crash. Although visibility was 4 to 6 miles, a broken cloud deck was near 500 feet, with temperatures in the upper 40s, winds were from the north at 5 mph. This type of storm track, with Huntington just north and west of the area of low pressure, is favorable for low ceilings. Ultimately, the plane crashed 2 miles west of the airport and just skimmed the tops of trees on a hill.

Mean Sea Level Pressure and Surface Temp at 7am the day of the accident.

 

Mean Sea Level Pressure and Surface Temp at 1pm.

Mean Sea Level Pressure and Surface Temp at 7pm.

References:

CDAS-NCEP/NCAR Reanalysis




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