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Safety Recommendation A-75-036
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Synopsis: THE NATIONAL TRANSPORTATION SAFETY BOARD IS CONTINUING ITS INVESTIGATION OF THE MIDAIR COLLISION BETWEEN A CESSNA-150H AND A USAF T-29D AT NEWPORT NEWS, VIRGINIA, ON JANUARY 9, 1975. THUS FAR, THE INVESTIGATION HAS DISCLOSED THAT THE CESSNA WAS ON A LOCAL VFR FLIGHT, THAT THE PILOT HAD NOT FILED A FLIGHT PLAN, AND THAT HE WAS NOT, AT THE TIME OF THE ACCIDENT, IN RADIO CONTACT WITH ANY AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL (ATC) FACILITY. THE T-29 WAS ON ITS FINAL APPROACH TO LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE, AND WAS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE GROUND CONTROL APPROACH (GCA) FINAL CONTROLLER. THE FINAL CONTROLLER HAD ISSUED TWO TRAFFIC ADVISORIES CONCERNING THE CESSNA TO THE T-29'S FLIGHTCREW. ALTHOUGH IT WAS DARK, THE WEATHER WAS CLEAR, AND THE REPORTED VISIBILITY WAS 7 MILESDESPITE THESE FACTS, THERE IS NO CONCLUSIVE EVIDENCE TO INDICATE THAT EITHER PILOT SAW THE OTHER'S AIRCRAFT.
Recommendation: EXTEND THE APPROACH GATES TO RUNWAYS 7-25 AT LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE TO A DISTANCE OF 12 NMI.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Newport News, VA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA75AZ008
Accident Reports: USAF VT-29D, Serial #52-5826 and Cavalier Flyers, Inc., Cessna 150H, N50430
Report #: AAR-75-10
Accident Date: 1/9/1975
Issue Date: 3/26/1975
Date Closed: 4/22/1981
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 4/22/1981
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 3/11/1981
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: ON DECEMBER 5, 1976, THE NORFOLK TRSA WAS EXPANDED TO INCLUDE LANGLEY AIR FORCE BASE. THIS EXPANSION ENCOMPASSED AN AREA UP TO 14 MILES FROM THE ENDS OF RUNWAYS 7-25 WITH THE RESULTANT EFFECT OF PROVIDING PROTECTED AIRSPACE BEYOND THE 12 MILES THE BOARD ORIGINALLY HAD IN MIND. THAT CHANGE HAS PROVEN SATISFACTORY IN PROVIDING THE NECESSARY PROTECTION TO AIRCRAFT.

From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 12/22/1978
Response:

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 9/21/1978
Response: FAA LTR: AS STATED IN LETTER DATED 6/19/75, THE EXPANSION OF TRSA WOULD PROVIDE FOR ADDITIONAL CONTROL ZONE PROTECTION.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/14/1976
Response: FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION LTR: PROPOSALS SET FORTH IN THE FINAL REPORT OF THE NORFOLK/LANGLEY AFB PROCEDURAL REVIEW COMMITTEE ENCOMPASS THE CONCERNS VOICED IN NTSB RECOMMENDATION A-75-36.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 6/19/1975
Response: FAA LTR: A COMPREHENSIVE PROCEDURAL REVIEW OF THE NORFOLK/LANGLEY AFB TERMINAL AREA IS UNDERWAY. A FINAL REPORT IS EXPECTED OCTOBER 1, 1975.