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Accident description
Last updated: 14 December 2017
Status:Final
Date:Thursday 20 August 1987
Time:06:00
Type:Silhouette image of generic DC93 model; specific model in this crash may look slightly different
McDonnell Douglas DC-9-31
Operator:Airborne Express
Registration: N908AX
C/n / msn: 47008/98
First flight: 1967-01-24 (20 years 7 months)
Crew:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Passengers:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 0
Total:Fatalities: 0 / Occupants: 2
Airplane damage: Substantial
Airplane fate: Repaired
Location:Newburgh-Stewart Airport, NY (SWF) (   United States of America)
Phase: Taxi (TXI)
Nature:Cargo
Departure airport:Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH (ILN/KILN), United States of America
Destination airport:Newburgh-Stewart Airport, NY (SWF/KSWF), United States of America
Flightnumber: 124
Narrative:
The weather was deteriorating as Airborne Express Flight 124 (DC-9-31 N908AX) and Rosenbalm Flight 074 (DC-8-63 N951R) were on successive arrivals for an ILS runway 09 approach at Newburgh-Stewart Airport, NY (SWF). Flight 124 was cleared for the approach and landing. After landing, the Local Controller instructed flight 124 to back taxi on the runway and report when clear of the runway. Flight 074 was then cleared for the ILS runway 09 approach. After contacting the tower, the crew were instructed to report at the Outer Marker. Near the OM, the crew attempted to advise the Local Controller, who was in a lengthy transmission, that they were inside the OM. This transmission was not received by the Local Controller. When the Local Controller finished transmitting, the flight crew didn't attempt to alert the Local Controller of their position, nor did they receive a landing clearance. Subsequently, the two aircraft converged as Flight 074 was flaring to land and Flight 124 was exiting the runway. Both crews tried to avoid a collision, but the wing of the DC-8 freighter hit the empennage of the DC-9.

Probable Cause:

PROBABLE CAUSE:
In-flight planning/decision .. improper .. pilot of other aircraft
CONTRIBUTING FACTORS:
Light condition .. dawn
Weather condition .. fog
Weather condition .. obscuration
ATC clearance .. not obtained .. pilot of other aircraft
Control tower service .. inadequate .. ATC personnel (LCL/GND/CLNC)
Crew/group coordination .. improper .. ATC personnel (LCL/GND/CLNC)
Inadequate surveillance of operation .. FAA(organization)

Accident investigation:
cover
Investigating agency: NTSB
Status: Investigation completed
Duration: 2 years and 2 months
Accident number: NYC87MA236B
Download report: Summary report

Classification:
Runway incursion

Sources:
» NTSB


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Distance from Wilmington-Clinton Field, OH to Newburgh-Stewart Airport, NY as the crow flies is 845 km (528 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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