Pax weigh-ins ordered for 10- to 19-pax airliners

 - October 12, 2007, 6:15 AM

The FAA ordered Part 121 operators of 10- to 19-seat aircraft to perform a sampling of passenger and baggage weights over a three-day period last month to determine if the currently used generic weight allowance of 180 pounds per passenger and 25 pounds per checked bag is still valid. The directive arose out of questions over the weight distribution in the Air Midwest Beech 1900D that crashed into a hangar at Charlotte Douglas International Airport, N.C., on January 8, killing all 21 occupants (see page 90). At press time the FAA was still analyzing the data collected from the sampling.