Accident description
Last updated: 20 December 2014
Status:Final
Date:Saturday 9 April 1977
Time:13:56
Type:Nord 262A-27
Operator:Altair Airlines
Registration: N7886A
C/n / msn: 47
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Bastan VI-C1
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Airplane damage: Destroyed
Airplane fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) S of Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG) (   United States of America) show on map
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Ferry/positioning
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG), United States of America
Narrative:
The Nord collided with a Cessna 195 aircraft (N4377N) at 4500 feet, 54 seconds after being cleared for a left downwind approach to runway 31. The Cessna was enroute from Lincoln Park, NJ to York, PA when the upper right wingtip was struck by a propeller from the Nord.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
pilot in command - failed to see and avoid other aircraft
personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: pilot of other aircraft

Classification:
Mid air collision
Loss of control

Sources:
» NTSB


Photos

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Altair bought this Nord 262 from Cimber Air in February 1977
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Map
This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA as the crow flies is 83 km (52 miles).

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