NTSB Identification: NYC87FA098A
Accident occurred Thursday, February 26, 1987 in MONTGOMERY, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: CESSNA 402, registration: N36139
Injuries: 5 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators either traveled in support of this investigation or conducted a significant amount of investigative work without any travel, and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.
BOTH ACFT WERE OPERATING UNDER VISUAL FLIGHT RULES IN THE VICINITY OF ACTIVE AIRPORTS. THE CESSNA 402 WAS IN A CRUISE DESCENT, THE DECATHLON WAS IN LEVEL FLIGHT. NEITHER PILOTS IN THE 402 RECALLS SEEING THE DECATHLON, WHICH WAS STRUCK ON THE RT WING. THE DECATHLON PLT TOOK EVASIVE ACTION TO AVOID THE COLLISION HEAD ON. THE PILOTS OF BOTH AIRCRAFT STATED THAT PRIOR TO THE MID-AIR COLLISION THEY WERE OCCUPIED WITH WATCHING A MILITARY C5A TRANSPORT AIRCRAFT WHICH WAS OPERATING IN THE SAME AREA. AFTER HEARING AN EXPLOSION IN THE NOSE AREA OF THE ACFT, THE CREW ELECTED TO RETURN TO TETERBORO AIRPORT AND LANDED UNEVENTFULLY APPROXIMATELY 20 MINUTES LATER.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT IN COMMAND
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this accident to be:VISUAL LOOKOUT..INADEQUATE..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT
INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND
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