Charlotte Commuter Crash Update
Air Midwest will resume doing its own routine maintenance, instead of outsourcing to contractors, it was reported this week. Maintenance has been a major focus of the NTSB investigation into the crash of an Air Midwest Beech 1900 in January 2003 in Charlotte, N.C. The investigation has focused on work that was done to the elevator cables by a contractor shortly before the crash, and on weight and balance. All 21 aboard were killed when the airplane stalled shortly after takeoff. The NTSB's final report on the crash is expected today. The FAA last week notified the mechanics who worked on the plane that they didn't violate any federal regulations, The Charlotte Observer reported last Friday.