NTSB Identification: OPS08IA013A
Incident occurred Thursday, August 28, 2008 in Fresno, CA
Probable Cause Approval Date: 02/19/2009
Aircraft: Piper PA-46, registration:
Injuries: 52 Uninjured.
NTSB investigators used data provided by various sources and may not have traveled in support of this investigation to prepare this aircraft incident report.
On August 28, 2008, about 2107 Pacific daylight time, a runway incursion and near-collision occurred between N9219T, a Piper Malibu, and Skywest Airlines flight 69R (SKW69R), a Canadair CRJ-200. Both aircraft were landing on runway 29R at the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport (FAT), Fresno, California, and were under control of the FAT airport traffic control tower. Malibu 9219T was operating under visual flight rules (VFR) as a Title 14 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 91 flight from John Wayne Airport (SNA) to FAT. SKW69R was a 14 CFR part 121 scheduled air carrier operating under instrument flight rules from Salt Lake City International Airport (SLC) to FAT. There were 4 crew and 42 passengers aboard the Skywest flight, and 1 pilot and 5 passengers aboard the Malibu. There were no reports of damage or injuries aboard either aircraft.
The National Transportation Safety Board determines the probable cause(s) of this incident to be: The tower controller's failure to ensure the runway was clear before allowing Skywest 69R to land. Factors contributing to the incident were the Malibu pilot's and tower controller's unfamiliarity with the airport layout. Full narrative available
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