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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-78-079
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Synopsis: ON MAY 18, 1978, N6423K, A CESSNA 150, AND N121GW, A FALCON FAN JET, COLLIDED IN MIDAIR ABOUT 3 1/2 MILES WEST OF MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE. AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION BOTH AIRCRAFT WERE OPERATING UNDER THE CONTROL JURISDICTION OF MEMPHIS TOWER AT AN ASSIGNED ALTITUDE OF 2,000 FEET M.S.L. AND WERE IN RADIO/RADAR CONTACT WITH DIFFERENT FACILITY CONTROLLERS ON SEPARATE RADIO FREQUENCIES. VISUAL METEOROLOGICAL CONDITIONS PREVAILED AT THE TIME.
Recommendation: EVALUATE THE CLOSED TRAFFIC PATTERN OPERATIONS CONDUCTED AT MEMPHIS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT AND CONSIDER ESTABLISHMENT OF A PROCEDURE WHEREBY HIGH PERFORMANCE OR TURBINE JET AIRCRAFT CONDUCTING MULTIPLE APPROACHES FOR TRAINING PURPOSES BE ASSIGNED AN ALTITUDE OF 2,500 FEET OR ABOVE, WHICH WOULD PLACE RESPONSIBILITY FOR CONTROL OF THE AIRCRAFT WITH TRACON PERSONNEL.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: Memphis, TN, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA78AA013
Accident Reports: Midair Collision Involving a Falcon Jet, N121GW and Cessna 150M, N6423K
Report #: AAR-78-14
Accident Date: 5/18/1978
Issue Date: 10/26/1978
Date Closed: 2/26/1979
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 2/26/1979
Response: Closed--acceptable action.

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 1/9/1979
Response: FAA LTR: PROCEDURES FOR HANDLING CONSECUTIVE APPROACHES AT MEMPHIS HAVE BEEN FORMALIZED AND INSTITUED TO REQUIRE COORDINATION OF ANY CONSECUTIVE APPROACH PRIOR TO THE AIRCRAFT CROSSING THE APPROACH END OF THE RUNWAY. IN THE EVENT COORDINATION IS NOT APPROVED, THE AIRCRAFT IS CLIMBED TO 3000 FEET AND HANDLED AS A DEPARTURE, AND TO REQUIRE AIRCRAFT CONDUCTING MULTIPLE PRACTICE APPROACHES TO CLIMB STRAIGHT AHEAD TO 3500 FEET WITH CONTROL RESPONSIBILITY TRANSFERRED TO THE TRACON, UNLESS OTHERWISE COORDINATED.