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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-85-061
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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: AS AN INTERIM MEASURE, DISSEMINATE THE FACTS, CONDITIONS AND CIRCUMSTANCES, OF THE MIDAIR COLLISION AT THE SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTY AIRPORT, THROUGH OPERATIONS BULLETINS, AVIATION PERIODICALS, AND ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS, AND URGE PILOTS AND FLIGHT CREWS TO ADHERE TO THE RECOMMENDED TRAFFIC ADVISORY PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CONDUCT OF A PRACTICE INSTRUMENT APPROACH AT UNCONTROLLED AIRPORTS IN THE AIRMAN'S INFORMATION MANUAL.
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)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: FAA
Date: 1/13/1987
Response: We are pleased to be informed of the priority given to the midair collision problem in the FAA's Accident Prevention Program. This recommendation is classified as "Closed--Acceptable Alternate Action."

From: FAA
To: NTSB
Date: 4/21/1986
Response: "THE MIDAIR COLLISION AVOIDANCE PROGRAM IS A PRIORITY AND ON-GOING TOPIC IN THE FAA'S ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAM. NUMEROUS ACCIDENT PREVENTION PROGRAMS HAVE BEEN DEVELOPED AND ARE CURRENTLY BEING UTILIZED IN THE FIELD THAT SPECIFICALLY ADDRESS RECOMMENDED TRAFFIC ADVISORY PRACTICES AND PROCEDURES FOR THE CONDUCT OF PRACTICE INSTRUMENT APPROACHES AT UNCONTROLLED AIRPORTS...."