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Safety Recommendation Details

Safety Recommendation A-85-067
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Synopsis: ABOUT 1117:38 PACIFIC DAYLIGHT TIME, ON AUGUST 24, 1984, WINGS WEST AIRLINES, FLIGHT 628, A BEECH C99 (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 REGIONAL AIRLINE ASSOCIATION AND THE NATIONAL BUSINESS AIRCRAFT ASSOCIATION, INC.: ENCOURAGE MEMBERS OF YOUR ORGANIZATION TO OBTAIN AN INSTRUMENT FLIGHT RULES (IFR) CLEARANCE, WHERE CONDITIONS PERMIT, OR ASSIGNMENT OF A DISCRETE TRANSPONDER BEACON CODE WITH TRAFFIC ADVISORY SERVICE BEFORE DEPARTURE FROM AN UNCONTROLLED AIRPORT.
Original recommendation transmittal letter: PDF
Overall Status: Closed - Acceptable 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: 2/18/1986
Addressee(s) and Addressee Status: National Business Aviation Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
Regional Airline Association (Closed - Acceptable Action)
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Safety Recommendation History
From: NTSB
To: National Business Aviation Association
Date: 2/18/1986
Response:

From: National Business Aviation Association
To: NTSB
Date: 11/27/1985
Response: TO INFORM NBAA MEMBERS WE CHOSE TO SEND OUR "FOR YOUR INFORMATION" BULLETIN DESCRIBING THE TWO ABOVE MENTIONED SAFETY RECOMMENDATIONS. WE WOULD HAVE SENT EXCERPTS FROM THE ACCIDENT REPORT ALONG WITH THE TWO RECOMMENDATIONS, BUT WE WERE NOT ABLE TO OBTAIN A COPY OF THE ACCIDENT REPORT FROM THE PUBLIC INQUIRIES OFFICE.

From: NTSB
To: Regional Airline Association
Date: 2/18/1986
Response:

From: Regional Airline Association
To: NTSB
Date: 11/27/1985
Response: