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Accident description
Last updated: 27 November 2015
Date:Thursday 6 February 1969
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15MC
Operator:Texas International Airlines
Registration: N1304T
C/n / msn: 47045/184
First flight: 1967
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 55
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Airplane damage: Minor
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Harlingen, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), United States of America
Destination airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), United States of America
Piper PA-28 N4531R was on a training flight out of Harlingen when it flew a left hand approach pattern. The pilot however had failed to advise the approach controller of his presence. At the same time, a Texas International DC-9 was on a straight-in approach and collided with the Piper at an altitude of 90 meters agl. The Piper crashed, seriously injuring the pilot. The DC-9 landed safely at Harlingen Airport. A contributory factor was an improperly installed Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system, causing excessive glare.

Pilot in command - failed to see and avoid other aircraft
Personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: pilot of other aircraft
Airports/airways/facilities - airport facilities: runway lighting
Personnel - airport supervisory personnel: other

» Flight International 13.3.69(398)


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Distance from Little Rock National Airport, AR to Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1071 km (670 miles).

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