Accident Douglas DC-9-15 N970Z, Wednesday 27 March 1968
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Date:Wednesday 27 March 1968
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC91 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Douglas DC-9-15
Owner/operator:Ozark Air Lines
Registration: N970Z
MSN: 45772/30
Year of manufacture:1966
Total airframe hrs:5172 hours
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney JT8D-7B
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 49
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Location:2,4 km N of Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL) -   United States of America
Phase: Approach
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Peoria-Greater Peoria Airport, IL (PIA/KPIA)
Destination airport:Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL/KSTL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
An Ozark Air Lines DC-9, N970Z, and an Interstate Airmotive Cessna l5OF (N8669G) collided in flight approximately 1.5 miles north of Lambert Field, St. Louis, Missouri, at approximately 17:57 local time.
Both aircraft were in the landing pattern for Runway 17, under the jurisdiction of the St. Louis Tower, when the accident occurred.
The Cessna was demolished by the collision and ground impact, and both occupants were fatally injured. The DC-9 sustained light damage and was able to effect a safe landing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "The combination of: the inadequacy of current VFR separation standards in controlled airspace, the crew of the DC-9 not sighting the Cessna in time to avoid it, the absence of VFR traffic pattern procedures to enhance an orderly flow of landing aircraft, the local controller not assuring that important landing information issued to the Cessna was received and understood under the circumstances of a heavy traffic situation without radar assistance, and the Cessna crew's deviation from their traffic pattern instructions and/or their continuation to a critical point in the traffic pattern without informing the local controller of the progress of the flight."

Accident investigation:
Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: NTSB-AAR-69-2
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 1 year and 3 months
Download report: Final report



photo (c) NTSB; near Saint Louis-Lambert International Airport, MO (STL); 27 March 1968

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