Echo Airlines Flight 290 was a scheduled domestic passenger flight from Syracuse Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, New York to McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, Nevada. On January 12, 2016, the Bombardier DHC-8-402 went into a hail storm and crashed into a salt field in Utah. All 108 people were killed on board.
The Echo Airlines Flight 290 was a Bombardier DHC-8-402 (registration N714AX). The aircraft was built and had its first flight in 2002. The crew consisted of pilot William Westside, First Officer Andrew Borstahl, and flight attendants Miriam Bell, Amanda Valentin, Rita Pinto, Amanya Lucas, Rafe DePalma, Paul Marshall, and Mindy Corletto. The aircraft had a load factor of 145 passengers, but with 99 passengers on January 12, the load factor was 99 percent. Echo Airlines said that Tuesdays were the least-traveled day of the week, with the same factor seen on Mondays in the previous nine months for Flight 290.
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