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Last updated: 16 October 2019
Status:Definitief
Datum:donderdag 6 februari 1969
Tijd:22:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15MC
Luchtvaartmaatschappij:Texas International Airlines
Registratie: N1304T
Constructienummer: 47045/184
Bouwjaar: 1967
Motoren: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Bemanning:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 4
Passagiers:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 55
Totaal:slachtoffers: 0 / inzittenden: 59
Schade: Licht
Gevolgen: Repaired
Plaats:Harlingen, TX (   Verenigde Staten)
Fase: Nadering (APR)
Soort vlucht:Binnenlandse lijnvlucht
Vliegveld van vertrek:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT), Verenigde Staten
Vliegveld van aankomst:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL), Verenigde Staten
Beschrijving:
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

Bronnen:
» Flight International 13 March 1969 (p.398)
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Kaart
Deze kaart geeft het vliegveld van vetrek weer en de geplande bestemming van de vlucht. De lijn tussen de vliegvelden geeft niet de exacte vliegroute weer.
De afstand tussen Little Rock National Airport, AR en Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX bedraagt 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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