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Last updated: 23 May 2017
Statuts:Enquête Officielle
Date:mardi 9 septembre 1969
Type/Sous-type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Compagnie:Allegheny Airlines
Immatriculation: N988VJ
Numéro de série: 47211/357
Année de Fabrication: 1968
Heures de vol:3170
Moteurs: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7
Equipage:victimes: 4 / à bord: 4
Passagers:victimes: 78 / à bord: 78
Total:victimes: 82 / à bord: 82
Victime de la collision:victimes: 1
Dégats de l'appareil: Perte Totale
Conséquences: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Lieu de l'accident:Shelbyville, IN (   Etats-Unis d'Amérique)
Phase de vol: En vol (ENR)
Nature:Transport de Passagers Nat.
Aéroport de départ:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Aéroport de destination:Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN (IND/KIND), Etats-Unis d'Amérique
Numéro de vol: 853
Flight 853 was descending from 6000 feet to 2500 feet when, at about 3550 feet, it collided with a Piper PA-28 aircraft (N7374J). The Piper was flown by a student pilot on a solo cross-country VFR flight. Visibility was 15 miles with intervening clouds.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The deficiencies in the collision avoidance capability of the Air Traffic Control (ATC) system of the Federal Aviation Administration in a terminal area wherein there was mixed Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) and Visual Flight Rules (VFR) traffic. The deficiencies included the inadequacy of the see-and-avoid concept under the circumstances of this case; the technical limitations of radar in detecting all aircraft; and the absence of Federal Aviation Regulations which would provide a system of adequate separation of mixed VFR and IFR traffic in terminal areas."

Accident investigation:
investigating agency: National Transport Safety Bureau (NTSB) - United States of America
status: Final
number: NTSB/AAR-70-15
released:15 July 1970
duration of investigation: 10 months
download report: Allegheny Airlines, Inc., DC-9, N988US, and a Forth Corporation Piper PA-28, N7374J, near Fairland, Indiana, September 9 (NTSB/AAR-70-15)

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Ce plan montre l'aéroport de départ ainsi que la supposée destination du vol. La ligne fixe reliant les deux aéroports n'est pas le plan de vol exact.
La distance entre Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY et Indianapolis-Weir Cook Municipal Airport, IN est de 158 km (99 miles).

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