Event Details

Title:Midair Collision, Piedmont Airlines Division Boeing 727, N68650 and Lanseair Inc. Cessna 310, N3121S, at Hendersonville, North Caroline, July 19, 1967
Micro summary:This Boeing 727 was hit by a Cessna 310 in the air, destroying both airplanes.
Event Time:1967-07-19 at 1201:18 EDT
File Name:1967-07-19-US.pdf
Publishing Agency:National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB)
Publishing Country:USA
Report number:SA-400
Site of event:8 miles SE of the Asheville Municipal Airport at 6132 feet
First AirplaneSecond Airplane
Departure:Asheville Regional Airport, North Carolina, USACharlotte/Douglas International Airport, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
Destination:Roanoke Regional Airport/Woodrum Field, Roanoke, Virginia, USAAsheville Regional Airport, North Carolina, USA
Airplane Type(s):Boeing 727Cessna 310
Flight Phase:ClimbApproach
Operator(s):Piedmont AirlinesLanseair Inc.
Type of flight:RevenueRevenue
Serious Injuries:00
Other Injuries:00
Executive Summary:Or. July 19, 1967, a t 1201:18 e.d.t., Piedmont Airlines Flight 22, a Boeing 727, N68650, and a Cessna 310, N3121SJ owned by Lanseair, Inc., were involved in a midair collision a t an altitude of 6,132 feet in the vicinity of Hendersonville, Korth Carolina, approximately 8 miles southeast of the Asheville Municipal Airport. All occupants of the Boeing 727, five cremembers and 74 passengers, and the three occupants of the Cessna received fatal injuries. The two aircraft were destroyed, by collision forces, ground impact and ensuing fire.

Both aircraft were operating on Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) flight plans and were in radio contact with Asheville Tower, the f a c i l i ty which was providing air traffic control service when the collision occurred. Piedmont Flight 22 had departed from Runway 16 at the Asheville Airport and was cleared t o proceed via the Asheville VOR en route to Roanoke, Virginia. The Cessna, inbound t o the Asheville Airport, had been cleared from over the VOR t o the Asheville radio beacon and had reported passing the VOR at 1158:20. The Asheville radio beacon is located. 17.4 miles northwest of the VOR on the 298" radial. The collision occurred at a position approximately 9 miles southwest of the VOR on approxinately the 243 radial.

The weather at Asheville as reported by the Weather Bureau just prior to the accident was estimated ceiling 2,500 feet broken clouds with visibility 4 miles in haze.

The Safety Board determines that the probable cause of this accident was the deviation of the Cessna from its IFR clearance resulting in a flightpath 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 the handling of the Cessna were a contributing factor.
Learning Keywords:Operations - Airspace - Air Traffic Control
Operations - Airspace - Mid-Air Collision
Operations - Airspace - Non-Precision Approach
Other - Regulatory Oversight
Consequence - Hull Loss
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