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Accident description
Last updated: 23 October 2017
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 9 January 1971
Time:16:20
Type:Silhouette image of generic B703 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Boeing 707-323C
Operator:American Airlines
Registration: N7595A
C/n / msn: 19515/608
First flight: 1967-08-03 (3 years 5 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 21
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Edison, NJ (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:San Francisco International Airport, CA (SFO/KSFO), United States of America
Destination airport:Newark International Airport, NJ (EWR/KEWR), United States of America
Flightnumber:AA30
Narrative:
Boeing 707 N7595A and Cessna 150 N60942 were both involved in a mid-air collision at 910 m. The Cessna, flying VFR, crashed. The Boeing (on IFR, approach to Newark runway 04L) landed safely at Newark.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inability of both crews to see and avoid each other while operating in a system which permits VFR aircraft to operate up to 3000ft on random heading and altitude in a congested area under conditions of reduced visibility. Other causal factors were the deviation of the air carrier airplane from its clearance altitude and the conducting of student flight training in a congested control area under marginal flight visibility clearance."

Sources:
» NTSB/AAR-72/16


Follow-up / safety actions

NTSB issued 3 Safety Recommendations

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Distance from San Francisco International Airport, CA to Newark International Airport, NJ as the crow flies is 4091 km (2557 miles).

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