Thursday marks 40th anniversary of deadly plane crash in Charlotte

Published: Sep. 11, 2014 at 12:42 PM EDT|Updated: Oct. 11, 2014 at 12:40 PM EDT
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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Thursday marks the 40th anniversary of the deadliest plane crash in Charlotte's history.

Eastern Airlines Flight 212 crashed on Sept. 11, 1974, short of the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport, killing 72 people on the flight.

The DC 931 was en route from Charleston, SC to Chicago with a stop in Charlotte.

On its instrument approach for landing, the plane crashed in dense fog short of the runway at South Tryon and Yorkmont Road.

Seventy-two people died in the crash. Among those killed were the father and two brothers of comedian Stephen Colbert and three executives of Charleston's Post and Courier newspaper.

Ten people people on the flight survived the crash.

The NTSB's final report said the crash was caused by the flight crew's lack of altitude awareness and poor cockpit discipline.

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