Cable problem cited in Charlotte plane crash

Published: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 29, 2003 at 1:13 a.m.

WASHINGTON - Control cables connected to the tail of the Beech 1900 turboprop plane that crashed in Charlotte, N.C., three weeks ago weren't set at the proper tension level, federal investigators said Tuesday. The crash killed all 21 people aboard US Airways Express Flight 5481.

The cable problem could make a plane harder to fly because it would respond to the controls differently, aviation experts said.

Investigators also are looking at whether cargo suddenly shifted aboard the plane, which crashed shortly after takeoff Jan. 8. The National Transportation Safety Board is looking at weight and elevator malfunction as possible contributing causes of the crash. The elevator is a flap on the tail that moves up and down and causes the plane to climb or dive.

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