David Burke's Murder-Suicide at 30,000 Feet

When Pacific Southwest Airlines (PSA) Flight 1771 unexpected crashed on a hillside near San Luis Obispo, California, killing all 43 aboard, few at the time would have guessed that the wreck of the British Aerospace BAe 146-200, registered as N350PS, would have been the result of the actions of one man, and the chain of events that set the mishap in motion had started several months prior.


USAir, a large nationwide airline, purchased PSA in May of 1987. The acquisition of the smaller regional carrier created new opportunities for veterans of USAir, and new chances to escape – such was the case of David Burke.

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