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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 8363
Last updated: 19 December 2019
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C310 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 310
Owner/operator:Lanseair, Inc.
Registration: N3121S
C/n / msn: 35069
Fatalities:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Other fatalities:79
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:near Hendersonville, NC -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Charlotte, NC
Destination airport:Asheville, NC
Piedmont Flight 22 took off from Asheville runway 16 at 11:58 for an IFR flight to Roanoke. The flight crew had to maintain runway heading until reaching 5000 feet. The controller placed this restriction on Flight 22 to keep it on a southeasterly course until Cessna 310 N3121S had reported over the Asheville VOR. The Cessna, owned by Lanseair was on a company business flight from Charlotte, NC to Asheville, NC with three occupants on board. While the Boeing 727 was still on its takeoff roll the pilot of the Cessna reported "Two one Sierra just passed over the VOR, we're headed for the ... (4sec pause) ... for .. ah .. Asheville now." The Approach controller then cleared the Cessna to descend and maintain 6000 feet. At 11:59:44 the controller cleared Flight 22 to "... climb unrestricted to the VOR, report passing the VOR". He then cleared the Cessna for an ADF-2 approach to runway 16. The Boeing 727 was in a climbing left turn
when both aircraft collided at an altitude of 6132 feet.
Weather was a 2500 feet ceiling with broken clouds and 4 miles visibility in haze.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The deviation of the Cessna from its IFR clearance resulting in a flight path into airspace allocated to the Piedmont Boeing 727. The reason for such deviation cannot be specifically or positively identified. The minimum control procedures utilized by the FAA in handling of the Cessna were a contributing factor."



Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
02-Aug-2016 19:28 harro Updated [Cn, Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative]

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