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Last updated: 21 February 2020
Date:Saturday 4 December 1971
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator:Eastern Air Lines
Registration: N8943E
C/n / msn: 47166/265
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 4
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 23
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 27
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Minor
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Miami International Airport, FL (MIA/KMIA), United States of America
Destination airport:Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC (RDU/KRDU), United States of America
While on final approach to runway 05, an Eastern DC-9 collided with Cessna 206 N2110F when the DC-9 descended on top of it. The Cessna crashed.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The inadequacy of air traffic control facilities and services in flightpaths of the two aircraft and the configurations physically limited each flightcrew's ability to see and avoid the other aircraft."

» NTSB/AAR-72/13

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Distance from Miami International Airport, FL to Raleigh/Durham Airport, NC as the crow flies is 1123 km (702 miles).

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