NTSB Identification: NYC87FA098B
Accident occurred Thursday, February 26, 1987 in MONTGOMERY, NY
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/16/1989
Aircraft: BELLANCA 8KCAB, registration: N3252M
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 PILOT 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 THE COLLISION, THE DECATHLON DESCENDED OUT OF CONTROL AND TURNED 180 DEGREES BEFORE THE PILOT WAS ABLE TO REGAIN CONTROL AND RETURN TO ORANGE COUNTY AIRPORT AND LAND WITHOUT FURTHER INCIDENT.

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


Contributing Factors

INATTENTIVE..PILOT IN COMMAND

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