Accident Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia N217AS, Monday 9 April 1990
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Date:Monday 9 April 1990
Time:18:05
Type:Silhouette image of generic E120 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different    
Embraer EMB-120RT Brasilia
Owner/operator:Delta Connection, opb Atlantic Southeast Airlines - ASA
Registration: N217AS
MSN: 120011
Year of manufacture:1985
Engine model:Pratt & Whitney Canada PW118
Fatalities:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 7
Other fatalities:2
Aircraft damage: Substantial, repaired
Category:Accident
Location:4 km from Gadsden Municipal Airport, AL (GAD) -   United States of America
Phase: En route
Nature:Passenger - Scheduled
Departure airport:Gadsden Municipal Airport, AL (GAD/KGAD)
Destination airport:Atlanta-William B. Hartsfield International Airport, GA (ATL/KATL)
Investigating agency: NTSB
Confidence Rating: Accident investigation report completed and information captured
Narrative:
After departing Gadsden, the Embraer collided head-on with Civil Air Patrol Cessna 172 N99501 at an altitude of 5000 feet, causing the right stabilizer to separate. The Cessna crashed, but the Brasilia made a safe emergency landing.

PROBABLE CAUSE: "Inadequate visual lookout by the pilots of both aircraft, which resulted in their failure to see-and-avoid oncoming traffic. A factor related to the accident was: the sun's glare, which restricted the vision of the Cessna 172 pilot."

Accident investigation:
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Investigating agency: NTSB
Report number: ATL90FA095A
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 11 months
Download report: Final report

Sources:

NTSB

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