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USAir Plane Burns after Being Flipped by Wind

August 21, 1990

CHARLOTTE (AP) _ A USAir commuter plane was flipped over Monday by a gust of wind from a thunderstorm at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport and burst into flames, leaving two people with minor injuries, officials said.

The plane was waiting on the runway for passengers to board when a gust of wind estimated at 77 miles an hour overturned it, said Jan Haggerty, a spokeswoman for Charlotte-based CCAir. CCAir operated plane under contract to USAir.

The pilot and a flight attendant escaped befor the fire, she said.

The two injured people, whose names were withheld, were taken to Carolinas Medical Center where they were treated for cuts and bruises and released, said Catherine Rencher, a hospital spokeswoman.

Jerry Orr, airport aviation director, said the $7 million plane, which seats 36 people, was a total loss.

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