Date: September 11, 1991
Time: 1003
Location: Near Eagle Lake, Texas
Operator: Continental Express
Flight #: 2574
Route: Laredo - Houston
AC Type: Embraer 120RT Brasilia
Registration: N33701
cn / ln: 120-077
Aboard: 14   (passengers:11  crew:3)
Fatalities: 14   (passengers:11  crew:3)
Ground: 0
Summary: In-flight loss of the leading edge of the left horizontal stabilizer. Forty-seven screw fasteners that would have attached the upper surface of the leading edge assembly for the left side of the horizontal stabilizer were missing. Work was scheduled on both the right and left leading edges of he horizontal stabilizer. Screws were removed from both the right and left side. A later shift decided not to do the left side but did not know the earlier shift removed the left side screws. Lack of compliance with FAA approved maintenance procedures.

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