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Last updated: 18 October 2019
Status:Schlussbericht
Datum:Donnerstag 6 Februar 1969
Zeit:22:30
Flugzeugtyp:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15MC
Fluggesellschaft:Texas International Airlines
Kennzeichen: N1304T
Werknummer: 47045/184
Baujahr: 1967
Triebwerk: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Besatzung:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 4
Fluggäste:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 55
Gesamt:Todesopfer: 0 / Insassen: 59
Sachschaden: leicht beschädigt
Konsequenzen: Repaired
Unfallort:Harlingen, TX (   USA)
Flugphase: Annäherung (APR)
Betriebsart:Inländischer planmäßiger Passagierflug
Flug von:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), USA
Flug nach:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), USA
Unfallbericht:
Piper PA-28 N4531R was on a training flight out of Harlingen when it flew a left hand approach pattern. The pilot however had failed to advise the approach controller of his presence. At the same time, a Texas International DC-9 was on a straight-in approach and collided with the Piper at an altitude of 90 meters agl. The Piper crashed, seriously injuring the pilot. The DC-9 landed safely at Harlingen Airport. A contributory factor was an improperly installed Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system, causing excessive glare.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Pilot in command - failed to see and avoid other aircraft
Personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: pilot of other aircraft
FACTORS:
Airports/airways/facilities - airport facilities: runway lighting
Personnel - airport supervisory personnel: other

Informationsquelle:
» Flight International 13 March 1969 (p.398)
» NTSB


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Distance from Little Rock National Airport, AR to Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX as the crow flies is 1071 km (670 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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