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Last updated: 23 February 2020
Date:Wednesday 20 April 1960
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27
Operator:Piedmont Airlines
Registration: N2704R
C/n / msn: 17
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 36
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 40
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 4
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Hickory Airport, NC (HKY) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY (CVG/KCVG), United States of America
Destination airport:Hickory Airport, NC (HKY/KHKY), United States of America
During the final approach phase of the flight (at 100-150 feet), the F-27 collided with a Cessna 310 (N1807H). Both aircraft were approaching runway 19 in VFR conditions. The Cessna was descending above the F-27 and struck the no. 1 prop, careened from the left wing and crashed out of control.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Pilot of the Cessna, the overtaking aircraft, failed to see and avoid the F-27 during the landing approach."


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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 Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Airport, KY to Hickory Airport, NC as the crow flies is 464 km (290 miles).

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