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Last updated: 21 September 2021
Date:Saturday 9 April 1977
Type:Silhouette image of generic N262 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
Nord 262A-27
Operator:Altair Airlines
Registration: N7886A
MSN: 47
First flight: 1968
Engines: 2 Turbomeca Bastan VI-C1
Crew:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 3 / Occupants: 3
Collision casualties:Fatalities: 1
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Aircraft fate: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:10 km (6.3 mls) S of Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG) (   United States of America)
Phase: Approach (APR)
Departure airport:Philadelphia International Airport, PA (PHL/KPHL), United States of America
Destination airport:Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA (RDG/KRDG), United States of America
The Nord collided with a Cessna 195 aircraft (N4377N) at 4500 feet, 54 seconds after being cleared for a left downwind approach to runway 31. The Cessna was enroute from Lincoln Park, NJ to York, PA when the upper right wingtip was struck by a propeller from the Nord.

Probable Cause:

pilot in command - failed to see and avoid other aircraft
personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: pilot of other aircraft

Mid air collision
Loss of control



photo of Nord-262A-27-OY-BKR
accident date: 09-04-1977
type: Nord 262A-27
registration: OY-BKR

This map shows the airport of departure and the intended destination of the flight. The line between the airports does not display the exact flight path.
Distance from Philadelphia International Airport, PA to Reading Municipal Airport/Spaatz Field, PA as the crow flies is 83 km (52 miles).
Accident location: Approximate; accuracy within a few kilometers.

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