Accident McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15MC N1304T, Thursday 6 February 1969
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Date:Thursday 6 February 1969
Time:22:30
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-15MC
Owner/operator:Texas International Airlines
Registration: N1304T
MSN: 47045/184
Year of manufacture:1967
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 59
Other fatalities:0
Aircraft damage: Minor, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:Harlingen, TX -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Little Rock National Airport, AR (LIT/KLIT)
Destination airport:Harlingen-Valley International Airport, TX (HRL/KHRL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
Piper PA-28 N4531R was on a training flight out of Harlingen when it flew a left hand approach pattern. The pilot however had failed to advise the approach controller of his presence. At the same time, a Texas International DC-9 was on a straight-in approach and collided with the Piper at an altitude of 90 meters agl. The Piper crashed, seriously injuring the pilot. The DC-9 landed safely at Harlingen Airport. A contributory factor was an improperly installed Runway End Identifier Lights (REIL) system, causing excessive glare.

PROBABLE CAUSE:
Pilot in command - failed to see and avoid other aircraft
Personnel - miscellaneous-personnel: pilot of other aircraft
FACTORS:
Airports/airways/facilities - airport facilities: runway lighting
Personnel - airport supervisory personnel: other

Accident investigation:
  
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: FTW69A0053
Status: Investigation completed
Duration:
Download report: Final report

Sources:

Flight International 13 March 1969 (p.398)
NTSB

Revision history:

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