NTSB Identification: ATL84FA119B.
The docket is stored on NTSB microfiche number 24732.
Accident occurred Wednesday, March 07, 1984 in BENSON, NC
Aircraft: BEECH 200C, registration: N390AC
Injuries: 7 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.

A PIPER PA-31T, N9162Y, AND A BEECH 200C, N390AC, WERE INVOLVED IN A MIDAIR COLLISION WHILE BOTH WERE CRUISING AT 17,500 FT IN UNLIMITED VISIBILITY. THE PIPER WAS TRACKING INBOUND ON THE 210 DEG RADIAL OF THE RICHMOND VOR. THE BEECH WAS TRACKING INBOUND ON THE 340 DEG RADIAL OF THE WILMINGTON VOR. BOTH ACFT WERE SUBSTANTIALLY DAMAGED, BUT BOTH AIRCREW WERE ABLE TO CONTINUE FLYING AND LAND SAFELY. THE PLT OF THE PIPER SAID THAT HE SAW A TAN FLASH JUST BEFORE THE COLLISION. THE PILOT OF THE BEECH DID NOT SEE THE PIPER. THE COCKPIT VIEW OF THE PA-31 PILOT WAS SOMEWHAT RESTRICTED BY THE LEFT, WINDSHIELD SIDE POST. LIKEWISE, THE BEECH PLT'S VIEW WAS SOMEWHAT RESTRICTED BY THE WINDSHIELD CENTER POST AND THE WINDSHIELD WIPER ARM. THE ACFT CONVERGED ON ONE ANOTHER WITH A CLOSURE SPEED OF ABOUT 420 KTS AND IN THE SAME GENERAL DIRECTIONS THAT THE PLT'S VIEWS WERE OBSTRUCTED.

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

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