ASN Aircraft accident Fairchild F-27 N707WA Bridgeport, TX
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Status:Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Date:Wednesday 6 August 1980
Type:Silhouette image of generic F27 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Fairchild F-27
Operator:Athens Leasing Corp.
Registration: N707WA
MSN: 16
First flight:
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 14
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 16
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 2
Aircraft damage: Substantial
Aircraft fate: Repaired
Location:near Bridgeport, TX (   United States of America)
Phase: En route (ENR)
Departure airport:Rapid City Regional Airport, SD (RAP/KRAP), United States of America
Destination airport:Dallas-Love Field, TX (DAL/KDAL), United States of America
While descending from FL100 to FL60, the F-27 was struck by a Cessna 172M (N9855Q). A part of the fin and rudder (measuring 4,5 feet) separated. The Cessna crashed because its left wing had separated in the collision. The Fairchild made a safe emergency landing at Meacham Field.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Failure to see and avoid other aircraft."



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Distance from Rapid City Regional Airport, SD to Dallas-Love Field, TX as the crow flies is 1347 km (842 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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