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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 34668
Last updated: 2 December 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic VTUR model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Questair Venture
Owner/operator:Imagine Air Inc.
Registration: N869DG
C/n / msn: 33
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Sylmar, CA -   United States of America
Phase: Unknown
Departure airport:LA VERNE, CA (POC)
Destination airport:Van Nuys, CA (VNY)
Investigating agency: NTSB
At 0948:48, a homebuilt Questair Venture called the Van Nuys airport control tower for landing 'north of San Fernando Reservoir with Romeo.' San Fernando Reservoir is an official reporting point. North of the reservoir is considered Newhall Pass. According to radar data, the approach groundspeed was averaging 217 knots/250 mph. The pilot was cleared for a straight in approach to runway 16R and squawk 0237. The tower's D-Brite radar received one Mode C hit on the assigned code. The Questair collided with a pipeline patrol Citabria, which was maneuvering over a crude oil underground pipeline with surface construction in progress. The Citabria was being provided VFR flight advisory services and had previously been assigned a discreet code and given other traffic. The collision occurred about 6.3 miles from the approach end of runway 16R on the extended runway/localizer centerline. The Questair was on frequency about 22 seconds from initial call to collision. Both aircraft were operating in class 'E' airspace.
Probable Cause: The pilots' inadequate visual lookout in visual conditions and class 'E' airspace. Contributing to the accident were the initial position report location and the approach speed of the Questair.



Revision history:

24-Oct-2008 10:30 ASN archive Added
12-Dec-2017 18:24 ASN Update Bot Updated [Time, Operator, Total fatalities, Total occupants, Departure airport, Source, Narrative]

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