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Date:Monday 18 December 1978
Type:Silhouette image of generic HERN model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2
Operator:Fischer Brothers Aviation
On behalf of:Allegheny Commuter
Registration: N3FB
MSN: 14111
First flight: 1957
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 15
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 17
Aircraft damage: Damaged beyond repair
Location:Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE) (   United States of America)
Phase: Landing (LDG)
Nature:Domestic Scheduled Passenger
Departure airport:Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport, OH (MFD/KMFD), United States of America
Destination airport:Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH (CLE/KCLE), United States of America
A ground controller cleared an airport vehicle to cross the runway. At the same time a DH-114 Riley Heron had touched down. A collision occurred, seriously damaging the airplane. The remains of the were sold to Susquehana Airlines for spares.

Probable Cause:

personnel - traffic control personnel: issued improper or conflicting instructions
personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: driver of vehicle



photo of de-Havilland-DH-114-Riley-Heron-2-N3FB
accident date: 18-12-1978
type: de Havilland DH-114 Riley Heron 2
registration: N3FB

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 Mansfield-Lahm Municipal Airport, OH to Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, OH as the crow flies is 86 km (53 miles).

This information is not presented as the Flight Safety Foundation or the Aviation Safety Network’s opinion as to the cause of the accident. It is preliminary and is based on the facts as they are known at this time.
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