NTSB Identification: MIA85FA247B
Accident occurred Friday, September 06, 1985 in PENSACOLA, FL
Aircraft: NORTH AMERICAN T-2C, registration: USN
Injuries: 3 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.

THE COMMERCIAL PLT & CFI DEPARTED FROM GULFPORT, MS ON A NIGHT VFR X-COUNTRY FLT TO GULF SHORES. AL. THE FLT LANDED AT FOLEY, AL AFTER THE PLT MISTOOK FOLEY FOR GULFSHORES 10 MI SOUTH. THE FLT DEPARTED AGAIN & WAS ADVISED BY ATC TO FLY A HEADING OF 170 DEG FOR GULFSHORES. CONTACT BETWEEN THE FLT & ATC WAS THEN TERMINATED DUE TO DISTANCE & ALT CONSIDERATION. THE PLT THEN OBSERVED THE LIGHTS OF OTHER ACFT EAST OF HIM & ASSUMED THEM TO BE IN THE TOUCH & GO PATTERN AT GULFSHORES. THE LIGHTS HE HAD OBSERVED WERE THOSE OF NAVY JET TRAINING A POSITION. THE NAVY ACFT WERE EXECUTING LEFT TRAFFIC BU THE CIVIL PLT ENTERED INTO RT TRAFFIC & SEQUENCED HIMSELF BETWEEN THE ACFT ON FINAL APCH. THE FASTER JET ACFT OVERTOOK THE CIVIL & A MIDAIR COLLISION OCCURED. BOTH ACFT LANDED SAFELY & THERE WERE NO INJURES. THE CIVIL PLT STATED THAT HE DID NOT KNOW HOW TO DISTINGUISH A CIVIL ARPT BEACON FROM A MILITARY ARPT BEACON.

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

BECAME LOST/DISORIENTED..INADVERTENT..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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

AIR/GROUND COMMUNICATIONS..NOT USED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

IN-FLIGHT PLANNING/DECISION..POOR..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT


Contributing Factors

CLIMB..NOT SELECTED..PILOT OF OTHER AIRCRAFT

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