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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 6064
Last updated: 22 March 2020
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Type:Silhouette image of generic C150 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Cessna 150H
Owner/operator:Cavalier Flyers
Registration: N50430
C/n / msn: 15069297
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Other fatalities:7
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Newport News, VA -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Departure airport:Norfolk Regional Airport, VA
Destination airport:Norfolk Regional Airport, VA
Investigating agency: NTSB
A USAF Convair T-29D (52-5826) was returning from Meridian when it approached Langley AFB at night. At the same time a Cavalier Flyers Cessna 150H light aircraft, N50430, was in the area. Both aircraft were on a collision course but due to the reduced nighttime conspicuity of Cessna against a background of city lights, the USAF crew did not see the plane. Both aircraft collided at 1500 feet and crashed.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The human limitation inherent in the see-and-avoid concept, which can be critical in a terminal area with a combination of controlled and uncontrolled traffic. A possible contributing factor was the reduced nighttime conspicuity of the Cessna against a background of city lights."



Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Download report: Final report


Revision history:

25-Feb-2008 12:00 ASN archive Added
24-May-2015 19:21 egarim Updated [Source, Narrative]
10-Mar-2020 19:37 harro Updated [Operator, Phase, Nature, Departure airport, Destination airport, Narrative, Accident report, ]
10-Mar-2020 19:39 harro Updated [Photo, Accident report, ]

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