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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-85-060
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1117:38 PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME, ON AUGUST 24, 1984, WINGS WEST AIRLINES, FLIGHT 628, A BEECH C-99 (N6399U) AND AESTHETEC INC., ROCKWELL COMMANDER 112TC, N112SM, COLLIDED IN MIDAIR NEAR SAN LUIS OBISPO, CALIFORNIA. THE WEATHER AT THE TIME OF THE COLLISION WAS CLEAR. FLIGHT 628 HAD JUST DEPARTED SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AIRPORT EN ROUTE TO SAN FRANCISCO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, CALIFORNIA, AND WAS CLIMBING ON A WESTBOUND HEADING. THE ROCKWELL COMMANDER HAD DEPARTED PASO ROBLES, CALIFORNIA, ON A TRAINING FLIGHT AND WAS DESCENDING TOWARD THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AIRPORT ON AN EASTBOUND TRACK. THE AIRPLANES COLLIDED HEAD-ON AT AN ALTITUDE OF ABOUT 3,400 FEET. THE WRECKAGE OF BOTH AIRPLANES FELL INTO AN OPEN FIELD ABOUT 8 NMI WEST NORTHWEST OF THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AIRPORT. ALL 17 PERSONS, INCLUDING THE 2 PILOTS AND 13 PASSENGERS ONBOARD FLIGHT 628 AND THE 2 PILOTS ONBOARD THE ROCKWELL, WERE KILLED.
Recommendation: THE NTSB RECOMMENDS THAT THE FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION: AMEND 14 CFR PART 91 TO REQUIRE PILOTS INTENDED TO PRACTICE AN INSTRUMENT APPROACH AT AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT TO NOTIFY THE APPROPRIATE AIR TRAFFIC CONTROL FACILITY OF THE TYPE OF APPROACH TO BE FLOWN AND TO REQUEST TRAFFIC ADVISORIES.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action
Mode: Aviation
Location: SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA, United States
Is Reiterated: No
Is Hazmat: No
Is NPRM: No
Accident #: DCA84AA034AB
Accident Reports: Midair Collision of Wings West Airlines Beech C-99 (N6399U) and Aesthtec, Inc., Rockwell Commander 112TC N112SM
Report #: AAR-85-07
Accident Date: 8/24/1984
Issue Date: 9/20/1985
Date Closed: 1/13/1987
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: FAA (Closed - Acceptable Alternate Action)
Keyword(s):

Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/13/1987
Response: We accept the FAA's rationale for not amending 14 CFR Part 91 as recommended. We note that since the accident the FAA has initiated several measures to improve the level of safety at airports without control towers. We consider these actions responsive to the intent of this recommendation which is classified as "Closed-- Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/21/1986
Response: "...SINCE THE ACCIDENT, THE FAA HAS INITIATED ACTIONS TO IMPROVE THE LEVEL OF SAFETY AT AIRPORTS WITHOUT OPERATING CONTROL TOWERS AND RULEMAKING ACTION WILL NOT BE NEEDED. THESE ACTIONS INCLUDE: (SEE FAA LETTER IN LOG FILE FOR MORE DETAILS).