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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 13215
Last updated: 17 June 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic P28A model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Piper PA-28-140
Owner/operator:Forth Corporation
Registration: N7374J
C/n / msn: 28-24730
Fatalities:Fatalities: 1 / Occupants: 1
Other fatalities:82
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Shelbyville, IN -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Brookside Airpark, IN
Destination airport:Bakalar Air Force Base, IN
Investigating agency: NTSB
Allegheny Airlines Flight 853, DC-9-31 (N988VJ) 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: "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."



Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
23-May-2018 12:24 harro Updated [Time, Cn, Location, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source, Narrative]

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