Saturday, May 17, 2008

Aircraft Collisions

This news story about two aircraft colliding in Dallas was prominent in the news. Here is a video showing how the Piper ended up perfectly balanced on the Cessna tail dragger. Fortunately no one was hurt in that accident.

That story reminded me of the mid-air collision just North of the Blue Ash airport that happened about a year ago. Read my blog entry about that accident here. There is a more detailed description of the accident here. Unfortunately all the pilots in that collision were killed. I just realized that the NTSB released their official report on the accident at the end of April. You can read the synopsis here. With both airplanes rolling and clipping wings, it would seem like they saw each other at the last moment when it was too late to avoid the collision. It's sad that the Beech pilot asked for flight following since he was maneuvering north of the field but was denied due to controller workload. That's not the controller's fault -- it is an optional thing for them to do. It's just unfortunate the controller was too busy at that particular time.

1 comment:

Dianne said...

Wow! That accident looked really EXPENSIVE! You'd think you could rig a huge underside/overhead mirror like a car rearview to look for traffic in your blindspot. :P