Saturday, May 11. 1996, about 1415 EDT, a Douglas
DC-9-32, N904VJ, operated by Valujet as flight 592, crashed during an uncontrolled
descent from 10,000 feet.
The 2 flight crewmembers, 2 cabin attendants,
and 106 passengers were fatally injured. The weather at the time of the
accident was VFR. An instrument flight rules (IFR) flight plan had been
filed. The flight was being operated under 14CFR Part 121.
The flight departed
at 1344 after being delayed because of weather in the Atlanta area. Shortly
after takeoff the first officer radioed Miami Approach and requested an
immediate return to the airport because of "smoke in the cockpit, smoke
in the cabin."
During the return to the
airport the aircraft crashed in an isolated portion of the Florida Everglades,
about 18 miles northwest of the airport.