NTSB Identification: BFO89LA008B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 37587.
Accident occurred Saturday, November 12, 1988 in TOPPING, VA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 09/25/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 120, registration: N76470
Injuries: 4 Uninjured.

NTSB investigators may not have traveled in support of this investigation and used data provided by various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

THE PILOT OF N76470 DEPARTED ON RWY 18 AND FOLLOWED THE NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURE BEFORE TURNING DOWNWIND FOR RWY 18. THE PILOT OF N73114 DEPARTED THE GRASS RWY 18 AND FLEW THE NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURE PRIOR TO TURNING TO A HEADING OF 070 DEG TO DEPART THE AREA. THE PILOT OF N73114 STATED HIS ATTENTION WAS DRAWN TO CHANGING THE RADIO FREQ WHEN HIS PASSENGER ALERTED HIM TO ANOTHER ACFT TO HIS RIGHT. HE STATED THAT BY TIME HE SAW THE ACFT THE COLLISION HAD OCCURRED. THE PLT OF N76470 STATED HE DID NOT SEE N73114 UNTIL AFTER THE COLLISION. N76470 WAS APRX 1/3 THE WAY DOWN THE DOWNWIND LEG AND N73114 WAS PASSING ACROSS THE DOWNWIND LEG WHEN THE ACCIDENT OCCURRED AT APRX 800 FT MSL. BOTH ACFT RETURNED AND LANDED AT HUMMEL AIRPORT WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

DIVERTED ATTENTION..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:

VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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