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Accident description
Last updated: 25 July 2017
Date:Thursday 15 January 1987
Time:12:52 MST
Type:Silhouette image of generic SW4 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II
Operator:SkyWest Airlines
Registration: N163SW
C/n / msn: TC-327
First flight: 1980
Engines: 2 Garrett TPE331-3UW-303G
Crew:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 6 / Occupants: 6
Total:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Airplane damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Kearns, UT (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Pocatello Airport, ID (PIH/KPIH), United States of America
Destination airport:Salt Lake City International Airport, UT (SLC/KSLC), United States of America
The Metro collided with a Mooney 20 (N6485U) at 7000 feet, while the Metro was on a runway 34 approach. Both airplanes fell to the ground with the wreckage scattered over 2sq miles in a residential area.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Lack of navigational vigilance by the Mooney instructor pilot which led to the authorized intrusion into the Salt Lake City airport radar service area. Contributing to the accident were the absence of a Mode-C transponder on the Mooney airplane and the limitations of the air traffic control system to provide collision protection under the circumstances of this accident."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Final
Accident number: NTSB/AAR-88-03
Duration of investigation: 1 year and 2 months
Download report: Midair Collision of Skywest Airlines Swearingen Metro II, N163SW and Mooney M20, N6485U, Kearns, UT, January 15, 1987. (NTSB/AAR-88-03)

Mid air collision
Loss of control

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Distance from Pocatello Airport, ID to Salt Lake City International Airport, UT as the crow flies is 240 km (150 miles).

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