NTSB Identification: DCA87MA023A.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 33745.
Accident occurred Tuesday, March 31, 1987 in OAKLAND, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 05/27/1988
Aircraft: CESSNA 172N, registration: N75584
Injuries: 3 Fatal,1 Serious.

NTSB investigators traveled in support of this investigation and used data obtained from various sources to prepare this aircraft accident report.

AT 0954:54, PLT OF PIPER PA-32RT, N39614, RPRTD 9 MI NORTH FOR LNDG. TWR CONTROLLER (NORTH CTLR) TOLD HIM TO PLN FOR A RGT ENTRY TO RWY 27R. AT 0955:32, A STUDENT PLT & INSTRUCTOR (CFI) IN CESSNA 172N, N75584, WERE CLRD FOR TKOF ON RWY 33 WITH A 'RIGHT TURN OUT' IAW NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES. APRX 2 MIN LATER, THE PA-32 PLT RPRTD TURNING DOWNWIND OVER A PROMINENT LND MARK. THE TWR CTLR REPLIED THAT THE PA-32 WAS 'NOT IN SIGHT' & CLRD THE PLT TO LND ON RWY 27R. NO FURTHER X-MISSIONS WERE RCVD FM EITHER ACFT. THE 2 ACFT COLLIDED NRLY HEAD-ON AT ABOUT 1000' MSL, APRX 1 MI NORTH OF THE DEP ENDOF RWY 33. THE CESSNA CRASHED INTO A PG&E FACILITY & BURNED; A SECURITY GUARD WAS INJURED THERE. THE PA-32 CRASHED IN A NRBY BAY. INV REVEALED TWR PSNL HAD NOT PROVIDED TRAFFIC ADZY TO EITHER ACFT & THAT THE BRITE RADAR WAS OUT-OF-SVC FOR ROUTINE MAINT. ARPT PSNL HAD POSTED SIGNS ARND THE ARPT WITH NOISE ABATEMENT PROCEDURES W/O FAA APVL, WHICH EFFECTIVELY RDCD SEPN BTN DEPG/ARRG ACFT. FAA TFC MGR DID NOT ORDER MODIFICATION OR RMVL OF SIGNS WHEN HE LEARNED OF THEIR PRESENCE.

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

TRAFFIC ADVISORY..NOT ISSUED..ATC PERSONNEL(LCL/GND/CLNC)

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

IMPROPER USE OF PROCEDURE..OTHER GOVERNMENT PERSONNEL


Contributing Factors

INADEQUATE SURVEILLANCE OF OPERATION..FAA(ORGANIZATION)




Contributing Factors

IMPROPER DECISION..FAA(OTHER/ORGANIZATION)

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